Illness Policy

last updated 10/4/2021

While virtual visits are the safest option in this time of social distancing, I am offering in person when needed by following the Massachusetts Department of Health’s COVID-19 guidance for all health care organizations and providers.

I do not see clients in person if I have a fever, any new known symptoms like a cough or sore throat, if I have had known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses, or if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

I am fully COVID vaccinated but will still take the utmost care to avoid spreading the virus to my clients or my own children.  I frequently undergo asymptomatic PCR testing and most members of my household are PCR tested weekly as part of pool testing in our school district.  

By agreeing to my illness policy you are confirming that no-one in your household:

  • Has a fever (Higher than 100.3 degrees), sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, has shortness of breath for unknown reasons, and/or has a loss of smell or taste
  • Has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, and/or suspects or assumes they have COVID-19
  • Has had close contact with someone who tested positive or is assumed to have COVID-19 in the past 10 days
  • Has taken a PCR test recently due to COVID symptoms and/or being a close contact of someone with COVID and is waiting for test results

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, please contact me immediately so we can discuss. I will NOT charge a cancellation fee if our visit is cancelled due to illness!

If you are not sure if we should still meet in person please contact me via Spruce or text me at 617-231-9089 and we can discuss your particular situation.

-For our visit, only the parent(s) of the baby should be present in the room where we meet.  If you have other children I ask that they not be present in the room for our consult- for the time being I do not have space for older siblings in my office while we meet.  

-I will be wearing a mask and I ask that you do, too (babies shouldn’t wear masks of course!).  

-I will wash my hands before we start, will use hand sanitizer frequently throughout our visit, and if I do an oral exam on baby or if I am touching any areas with bodily fluids I will wear gloves. 

-I will try to maintain distance between you and baby but it may not be possible for the entire visit, and usually I will be holding baby at some point.  

-All hard surfaces that are touched frequently (my scale, my computer or iPad, etc) will be sanitized between clients.  For office visits my HEPA filter will run for a minimum of 30 minutes between client visits.  

It is always my #1 goal to keep “my” families safe and healthy, and now that’s more important than ever. However, of course, there is still risk involved with in-person visits as I cannot control everything.  COVID-19 has a long incubation period and even people with no symptoms can spread the virus.  If I find out that I had a COVID-19 exposure that may have occurred around the time of your visit I will notify you immediately.

If you or someone in your household is ill or awaiting PCR results we can always switch from an in-person visit to a virtual visit (as long as I have at least 4 hours notice before our appointment- otherwise we can reschedule to an virtual visit at a different time) or we can reschedule. I will refund any deposit paid if we cancel due to illness.