Last Updated, 9/1/2021
Let Mommy Sleep began serving the DC, Maryland and Northern VA areas in 2010 and as a company dedicated to evidence-based care, we follow the guidelines of organizations such as the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institutes of Health. We’ve added COVID19: Additional Safety Protocols for Postpartum and Newborn Care and continually review and update our care practices and they now include coronavirus-specific recommendations.
When coronavirus/COVID19 began, Let Mommy Sleep closed down because we couldn’t guarantee the safety of our team, families and especially the newborns in our care. Now that we have had time to collect facts, we’ve opened back up, refined our practices and are proud to share our protocols here. Updates have occurred since the beginning of the pandemic and these are also noted below.
What we’ve always done:
- Wash and sanitize hands upon arrival, continue handwashing and sanitizing through the night.
- Remove shoes upon arrival.
- Believe and adhere to the AAP statement that vaccines for health care workers are “ethical, necessary and just” to protect vulnerable populations such as newborns and infants. Our team is updated on all vaccinations to minimize the risk of flu, whooping cough and the other illnesses to which newborns and immune compromised individuals are vulnerable.
- Provide free continuing education to all staff.
- Staff does not report to a family if there is any sign of illness…. even if it’s “just allergies.”
What we do additionally, to minimize risks of covid19: (edited, 9/1/21- since we have all received vaccinations, monitoring still occurs but protocols involving quarantine, public transport and working with one family at a time have been relaxed.)
- All caregivers wear masks.
- Body temperature is routinely monitored; at a minimum the caregiver’s temperature is taken prior to beginning each shift.
- Caregivers work with one family at a time to minimize exposure.
- We are not taking public transport.
- Quarantine for 7-10 days between each family
- We have begun the vaccination process in Virginia, Maryland and DC
What can we do together to keep each other safe?
- Families can leave household cleaners and sanitizing products out for our team to use through the night. We know that routine cleaning and disinfecting of often-touched surfaces helps eliminate the spread of viruses.
- Parents can wear masks when talking with caregivers, and caregivers will do the same.
- Practice social distancing when possible.
- Vaccinate- team members and eligible members of the household can get vaccinated.
The safety and well-being of our babies, their families and our team members is our number one priority. In addition to earning the trust of parents in Washington and around the country, we’ve been awarded a government contract in Fairfax County to teach our postpartum and newborn care practices to students, families and Certified Nursing Assistants. As always, if we can provide more information or answer your questions, we are here for you.