(WIVB) – Women who are in labor will have additional support now that doulas are allowed back into the delivery room at some Kaleida health facilities. Kaleida Health will now allow doulas back into Oishei Children’s Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

“We do not consider a doulas a visitor we do not consider the father of the baby a visitor and so they are welcome to be here for the entire birthing experience,” Chief nursing officer at Oishei Cassandra Church said.

Kaleida Health announced the news fittingly on Mother’s Day.

“Initially at the beginning of the COVID 19 crisis there was a big push from the state to really reduce the number of people in hospitals which was a very logical decision to make,” Church said. “Everybody’s instinct was to truly physically distance as many people as possible.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo, accepted recommendations from the New York state covid-19 maternity task force that doulas should be allowed to accompany a pregnant woman during labor and delivery as an additional support person.

“Allowing doulas will be a great support to our laboring moms – especially those from the Buffalo immigrant and refugee communities,” Church said.

Doulas will need to follow all temperature screening and personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols.

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