COVID-19 Pandemic Policies & Resources
Last Update: 12/07/2021
We know that at this stage of the Coronavirus pandemic, each family is making choices that fit the needs of their family and values. We aim to do our part to meet the various needs of our community members while using a combination of best practices and a multi-layered model of risk reduction to keep your family and our staff safe.
Information & Resources
Then Comes Baby aims to be a kind, approachable, and trustworthy resource for families seeking health information. We distill the latest evidence to help you make informed decisions for you and your family.
Below are some resources we feel are trustworthy sources of information for pregnant and lactating people and all new parents. The state of knowledge surrounding the virus that causes COVID-19 is frequently evolving, but we have a better understanding of it and the role that the vaccines play in risk reduction than ever before. The links below are for educational purposes only: please be sure to talk to a trusted health care provider for you individual decision making and health practices.
Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People
Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns if You Have COVID-19
Infant Risk Center: COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
ACOG: Vaccination Considerations for Obstetric Care
Joint Statement: American College of Nurse Midwives, et. al
Myth Busting: COVID-19 Vaccine Edition
Evidence-Based Birth: Sample Informed Consent Form for Refusal of Separation From Newborn Infant
Our Approach to Helping Keep Your Family & Our Staff Safe
We are SO excited to see you for our in-person services. Thank goodness for online options — we plan on keeping these options — but there is nothing quite like getting the support we need and making new friends in person! Our goal for in-person care is to create a warm and inviting space for you so that our wonderful team can provide you with the quality care and support that all new parents deserve.
We’re paying close attention to both Santa Barbara County Public Health information and directives, along with CDC information; we commit to updating this page and our policies as new data become available.
Please be aware that we serve a sensitive population: pregnant people who are at higher risk for adverse outcomes of COVID-19 and infants and toddlers who are not currently eligible for vaccination. We take our job of caring for each of you seriously and we’ll be taking extra care in the effort to reduce the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. While the CDC defines COVID-19 transmission in Santa Barbara Country as “moderate,” “substantial,” or “high” — per the CDC COVID Data Tracker, in the “Your Community/ County View” section — our precautions may go above and beyond Federal, State, or Country mandates.
To reduce the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, Then Comes Baby will be taking a multi-layered approach to reduce the risk of transmission for you, your family, and ours, including:
A Flexible Sick Policy
- If you or your little one are not feeling well, please do not come. We’ll work with you to shift to an online option or to reschedule.
- HEPA filters in each room being used
- HVAC system or HVAC unit fan in use continuously (with routine filter maintenance)
- Doors open in classroom, at the entrance, and in our massage therapy treatment room when in use.
Minimizing Exposure Risk
- Well-fitting mask use that covers the nose and mouth for all people indoors ages 3+
- While there is “substantial” or “high” community transmission, per the CDC COVID Data Tracker, we’ll reduce space capacity to ~50% to give participants space to spread out.
- 50% capacity for Large Classroom/ Community Space: No more than 10 participants (and 1 staff member)
- 50% capacity for Group Room/ “Living Room”: No more than 6 participants (and 1 staff member)
- At arrival, we ask you to please wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
- We have hand sanitizer onsite for use during your visit, though we also ask that you bring your own if you can.
Behind the Scenes
- 100% of our onsite, indoor staff have received their COVID-19 vaccine(s).
- Staff will not work in person if they are symptomatic of any cold, flu, or COVID-19 illness.
- We have “built in” class/ group make-up days for each series — or made sure the service can be offered virtually — in the event that a teacher/ facilitator is either symptomatic, caring for a family member who is, or community infection is currently “high” (per the CDC COVID Data Tracker). Please note: Refunds will not be provided if we shift to a virtual format or make use of our pre-planned make-up date.
- We clean and/or disinfect high touch surfaces routinely.
- Our staff washes their hands thoroughly at arrival, prior to and after any 1:1 appointment, and before and after teaching classes or facilitating a group.
We are so happy to see you face-to-(masked)-face! Thank you for working to keep us all safer. When we all do our part, we get closer to the level where COVID-19 risk is low and we are able to ease precautions!