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When a loved one is in the hospital, support from family and friends is important to health and well-being. We encourage you to visit your loved ones during their stay with us at the Women & Infants Center.

Women & Infants Center patients who are recovering in the hospital include new moms, newborns and women who have undergone gynecological or fetal surgery. Our visiting hours allow patients to get the rest they need for proper healing, in a safe, private and quiet space.

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Visiting Hours for Women’s Surgery

If you are visiting a patient recovering from surgery, you are welcome at the Women & Infants Center in Parkview Tower. Please note the following guidelines:

  • All areas under Women & Infants are open 24 hours/day, seven days a week.
  • We allow children ages 12 and under on patient floors only if they are accompanied by a visiting adult.

Please review our complete guidelines for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s visiting hours.

Visiting Hours for Maternity

Our general guidelines for the maternity unit before, during and after delivery include:

  • To provide the best possible experience for our patients and their families, our nurses work with patients to accommodate their preferences for visitors.
  • With a focus on our patients’ preferences and safety, medical staff may ask visitors to leave the patient’s room during some procedures or certain medical emergencies.
  • Children under age 12 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult other than the patient. Siblings may be screened during flu season before allowing them to visit.
  • At their discretion and in collaboration with the patient, our nurses may adjust the number of visitors at any time, based on safety, security or the patient’s request.

Visiting guidelines for labor, delivery and after delivery

So that we may provide proper care for new moms and their babies, we follow these guidelines for visitors before, during and after delivery:

  • First stage of labor: New moms and their doctor or nurses can decide on the number of visitors based on the mom’s condition.
  • Second stage of labor and beyond: We allow up to three visitors during the second stage of labor, delivery and the first hour after delivery.

All visitors must wear identification badges, which we provide at the front desk of the Women & Infants Center, near the elevators in Parkview Tower.

Visiting guidelines for mother-baby unit (after delivery)

After the baby’s birth, the guidelines for visitors include:

  • Parents and support persons with wristbands can visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Moms can have up to 4 visitors, plus the support person, at a time.

Visiting Hours for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

When your child is in the NICU, you want to be close by. That’s why we welcome and encourage parents to spend as much time with their babies in the NICU as possible.

View St. Louis Children's Hospital's most current COVID-19 special visiting policies.

Our guidelines for visiting newborns in the NICU are:

  • Parents and grandparents can visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Siblings age two and older may go with a parent to visit their new brother or sister as long as the sibling does not have a contagious disease.
  • Your baby can have up to two visitors at a time from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Other visitors can wait in the waiting rooms just outside the NICU.
  • Parents may leave a list of family and friends who have permission to visit their baby.

During a new mom’s hospital stay in Parkview Tower, an infant’s parents and visitors can access the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) via the link (connecting walkway) on the fifth floor of Parkview Tower. Because we require badge access for the NICU, parents and visitors must be validated by the NICU secretary to enter.

After mom is discharged from Parkview Tower, parents and visitors must access the NICU through the main entrances at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about visiting your loved one at the Women & Infants Center, please call 888.202.6930.