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Labor and Delivery Visitors
While you are in labor, you may have visitors. It is important that visitors follow the guidelines below:
- Father/support person is welcome anytime.
- In addition to the father/support person, two other adults may visit in the labor room. Other visitors may alternate as long as no more than two are in the room at the same time.
The First Hour
The first hours after birth are a perfect time to start developing a close family relationship. We encourage you and the father/support person to hold your newborn skin-to-skin as soon as possible and begin breastfeeding within the first hour of birth. The more time you and your baby spend together here, the better you will know each other when you get home.
Visiting Hours After Delivery
The maternity staff supports your choices regarding visitors. Many women find themselves torn between wanting to entertain visitors and needing to get rest or concentrate on feeding and learning to care for their new baby. We encourage you to prioritize your wishes and needs during this time and to share them with the staff as well as your family and friends.
The following are the visiting hours for family members and friends. NOTE: Please be sure that all visitors who come in contact with your baby wash their hands and that they are free from any contagious disease or infection.
The mother-baby staff support your choices regarding visitation, many patients are torn between wanting to entertain visitors and wanting to rest or spend private time with the baby. We encourage you to prioritize your time in the hospital and share your thoughts with family and friends. The father or support person is encouraged to spend the night so you both can get to know the baby.
Siblings may not spend the night. Young siblings may not be left in the mother’s care while she is a patient.
Each day, between the hours of 1-3 p.m, you will have the chance to experience undisturbed rest with your baby. Visits from hospital personnel will be limited to those necessary to your care. Family and friends are encouraged to help us provide this valuable opportunity by not coming onto the unit during Serenity Time.