Obstetrics & Gynecology

Childbirth Visiting Information

The visiting guideline listed are to help new moms get the care and rest they need, while giving their family and friends some special time to visit.

All visitors will follow basic courtesy.
Visitors should respect the privacy of others, stay quiet, remain in the room they are visiting or in the waiting room and not smoke in the hospital. This policy is to give mothers the best support during their entire stay. It also helps ensure that all who come to the hospital stay safe. Based on the patient's medical condition and care needs, the nursing and medical staff will determine the number of visitors allowed at any time.

General visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Children of the patient are welcome to visit during the times noted  below. Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult who is not the patient. Other children under 14 years old are not permitted to visit.

General Information

  • Staff members are happy to support the time you and your visitors have together. At times during your stay they may ask visitors to step out of the room during some medical procedures.
  • Visitors who stay after 9 p.m. need to wear a visitor sticker. The nurse will give these after-hours stickers during the evening.
  • If visitors must arrive after 9 p.m., they will need to stop in security on the street level of West Pavilion (the main hospital entrance) to get approval to visit and get an overnight sticker.

In Labor and Delivery (Division 5400)
When a woman comes to the hospital in labor, she goes to the 5th floor OB Triage area. A partner or one visitor will be able to stay with the woman in Triage. All other visitors are asked to wait in the Waiting Room.

Once the woman is admitted to the hospital, visitors may join her in her room on Labor and Delivery. While in labor, visitors may stay around the clock. Visitors must stay in her room or the Waiting Room. Based on the woman's condition or the behavior of visitors, there may be times when the total number of people in the room may need to be restricted.

Those patients who are not in labor and remain on Labor and Delivery past the usual recovery time will be expected to follow the general visiting hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Women & Infants Mother and Baby

After Birth on the Mother-Baby Unit (Division 9400)
The woman and her baby will move from Labor and Delivery to the Mother-Baby Unit on the 9th floor about 1 to 2 hours after birth. If a woman gives birth after general visiting hours are over, her visitors may stay with her and the baby for a reasonable period of time. After about an hour, visitors should leave so the mother can get some rest.

A woman's significant other may visit at any time during general visiting hours. If a woman is in a private room on the Mother-Baby Unit, she may choose one overnight visitor.

Well-Baby Nursery (Division 9400)
Mom, dad and grandparents may visit in the nursery. Two persons may visit at one time. After-hours visiting by grandparents is limited to the first few hours after birth. For the health of the babies, no children may visit.

The Antepartum Unit (Division 5300)
Visitors are welcome during general visiting hours. Children of the patient may visit. Children must always be accompanied by a responsible adult to give supervision.

If visitors are asked to step out of the room for medical procedures, a comfortable waiting area is located in the central area of the 5th floor.

One overnight visitor is allowed in private rooms.

Special Care Nursery (5th Floor)
Mom and dad may visit 24 hours a day. They should keep their armbands on so that they can be used for identification. Sisters and brothers of the baby may come during general visiting hours. When they arrive, visiting children will be checked for any sign of illness and exposure to infectious diseases. These sibling visits are usually limited to 15 minutes. Only two persons may be at the baby's bedside at one time (except during sibling visits).

Mom may give names of up to four additional people to visit the baby. The secretary will keep a record of the first and last names of these people who may check in and visit during general hours. Other visitors may come and see the baby along with mom or dad.

Women & Infants Mother and Baby

To respect the privacy of baby information, no visitors are allowed in the nursery during staff report, which is 7-7:30 a.m. and 7-7:30 p.m.

To protect the health of the babies, any visitor who has not had chickenpox and who has been around someone with chickenpox within the last 3 weeks is not allowed to visit.

Parking is available every day in the underground garage connected to the hospital via the overhead walkway. Discounted parking passes are available to families. Parking passes may be purchased from the Parking Garage office, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Passes allow you to enter and exit the garage anytime during the day at no added cost.

Many kinds of food and drink are available throughout most of the day and night in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is located on the main floor, just north of the lobby fountain. The cafeteria is closed: 3-5:45 a.m., 10-10:30 a.m., 4-4:45 p.m., and 7:30-8:45 p.m. A vending area across from the cafeteria is always open.

Smoking Area
No smoking is allowed in the hospital, or on hospital grounds. This includes the parking garages.

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