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COVID-19 Update

We are committed to upholding the safety standards established by King County and Washington State.  We attend regular Public Health updates to ensure that we are in compliance with recommended practices at all times.

Our midwifery team can answer questions specific to your care and birth plans and work with you to achieve safe, healthy outcomes for your family. 


UPDATE: September 27, 2021  

RVM COVID-19 Immunization Policy

In line with WA State Regulations, all providers and staff at RVM are required to submit proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or request an exemption for medical or religious beliefs.  RVM has a two-person panel that reviews all exemption requests and may limit interaction with clients for those who do not have complete vaccination. 


WA State does not allow RVM to require clients or patients to show proof of vaccine.  However, we do require all visitors to the clinic wear a mask that covers their face and nose and we offer surgical masks on site for those that need.  The only exception to this rule is for people with a disability that are prevented from wearing masks for medical reasons.  If you are deaf or use lip reading to communicate, please let us know so that we can ensure your visit runs smoothly. 


What you can expect:  

Visits are by appointment only.  Time is allowed between appointments for the clinic to be wiped down.  You will be called on your cell phone when it is time for you to come in the office.  Our staff and providers will be wearing masks and sitting socially distanced from you except during your direct exam.  

To protect yourself, wear face coverings properly.

  • Your mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times.

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before you put on a face covering and after removing it.

  • Change your face covering when it gets moist.

  • Wash your face covering after each use.

Snug-fitting masks provide excellent protection.

  • Make sure masks fit snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and around the edges of the mask.

  • Use a cloth mask with multiple layers of fabric, or wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.

  • Choose masks with a nose wire or mask fitter

  • For visuals of these tips, visit the CDC's guidance for improved mask use.


Some people do not need to wear masks, including:

  • Babies and toddlers under age 2 should never wear cloth face coverings. Children ages 2-4 are encouraged to wear a face covering with adult supervision.

  • Anyone with a disability that makes it hard for them to wear or remove a face covering.

  • Anyone who is deaf and moves their face and mouth to communicate.

  • Anyone who has been advised by a medical professional to not wear a face covering because of personal health issues.

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or unable to remove the face covering without help.

Rainier Valley Midwives is in compliance with all WA State COVID-19 regulations.

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