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Birth Center & Childbirth Education

Birth Center Visitor Policy

We appreciate your support and adherence to the below visitation expectations in order to provide a supportive and safe environment for our patients, their loved ones, and staff.

LABOR AND DELIVERY

  • At the time of admission to the Birth Center, all visitors/family members with the exception of the patient’s care partner will be asked to wait in the waiting room.  Once the initial assessment is complete up to 3 visitors may be permitted in the room as requested by the patient.
  • Only 2 to 3 visitors/family members, one of which is the care partner are permitted in the room at time of delivery unless previous arrangements (prior to labor) have been made with the physician in collaboration with the nursing staff.  This includes any labor support person (Doula or Midwife).  While laboring the visitors will be allowed to switch if the patient desires. Keeping the number at 2 to 3 at one time during labor.
  • Once the patient has delivered and stable there can be no more than 3 visitors at one time over the age of 12.  If more than 3 visitors are present, others will be asked to wait in the waiting room.  Visitors and family members are prohibited from waiting in the hallway outside the patient rooms during either labor or delivery.  This is all subject to change based on what is best for the patient and infant, at nursing staff discretion.
  • Children under the age of 12 are allowed to visit provided they are healthy and are siblings of the infant. (All other children, not siblings, MUST be over the age of 12)

POSTPARTUM

  • Healthy Children under the age of 12 are allowed to visit provided they are siblings of the infant, as above, all other children must be 12 years old to visit in the Birth Center
  • Infants may remain in patient rooms during visiting hours.  All individuals handling the infant should first wash their hands for a minimum of 15 seconds before holding newborn.
  • Masks are provided and are optional for any visitor wishing to wear one.
  • Still just 1 family member/care partner will be allowed to spend the night, and no children or siblings of new baby will be allowed to spend the night.  Any family member who plans to spend the night with postpartum patient must be 16.

Visiting hours will end at 7 or 8 p.m. for postpartum patients. (When announced overhead) An exception for newly delivered patients may be made at the discretion of the nurse.