Everyone is always excited to meet the new family member. We encourage visitors, but ask they be thoughtful about the time spent in the hospital with the new family and follow specific visitor guidelines.
Labor and Delivery
Each patient receives four visitor passes, which includes one for her support person. These four persons may be with mom during labor. Once the time of birth approaches, only three persons may be present.
If any unforeseen complications occur, all family and visitors may be asked to leave the Labor and Delivery room. Children under the age of 14 must have a support person (other than the mother or father of the baby) present at all times. Your physician must approve their presence during birth.
Moving to an operating suite is sometimes needed for a vaginal or cesarean delivery. Two persons (including the support person) may attend the birth in the operating suite, if the doctor approves. These persons must also be older than 14 years and change into sterile cover attire provided by the hospital.
After the baby is born, both mom and baby will go to Mother/Baby to recover.
- Before you visit, ask the new parents what they really want. Sometimes they are reluctant to tell loved ones that they need some time alone with the new baby. Ask and see what they say.
- Offer to visit in a week or so at home.
- If the new parents want you to be there, keep the visits short so mom and baby don’t get tired.
- Be mindful of passing the new baby from person to person. Over stimulation and fussiness can result. Also, this can expose the baby to illnesses or other problems.
- Do not stand in the hallways outside of patients' rooms. We have panoramic family lounges on each floor as well as spacious public waiting areas for you to relax.