Visiting Guidelines

Visiting Guidelines


Welcome to the Total Care Birth Center.  We would like for you to feel comfortable while visiting in our unit.  Studies have shown quiet time can have positive effects not only with breastfeeding but can increase resting and healing for mother and baby. Therefore, in order for us to deliver the best medical care, we need you to follow a few guidelines.  These guidelines are designed for the benefit of the mothers and the babies in the Total Care Birth Center.

Visitation is 24 hours a day 7 days a week with the following guidelines:

•    All visitation will be at the discretion of clinical staff
•    All support people should be fully immunized for the protection of the newborn
•    Visitors should have no signs of illness
•    Visitors should follow good hand-washing technique
•    Visitors may be asked to leave when procedures/assessments are being done in the room that necessitates patient privacy, i.e., admission process, examinations, epidurals, etc.
•    Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times
•    Visitors are requested to stay in the patients’ rooms or wait in the designated family lounge on the third floor or lobby level to ensure patient safety and privacy. In addition, hallways and nurses station must be kept clear.

Labor and Delivery (Unit 3200)

A significant other and three additional persons may support the patient on the labor and delivery unit
Complications of pregnancy or labor requiring intensive care may occur. Please be advised that in these circumstances support people may be asked to leave at the discretion of the medical team.

After delivery visitors will be allowed a period of 15 minutes to visit with mother and baby.  At the end of 15 minutes, visitors will be asked to leave patient room to allow mother, baby, and significant other to have quiet bonding time until transferred to the postpartum unit 

Mother Baby Unit (Units 3100 and 3800)

Our mother/baby unit is a quiet environment where new mothers and babies can spend their postpartum recovery time in private or semi-private rooms. Visiting time for family and friends is 24 hours per day
Visitation is limited to four people at a time for safety. Minors will need an additional responsible adult to be with them at all times.

Quiet Time

Quiet time is a calming period followed by patient rest and takes place during 2:00 p.m. to  4:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 a.m. Quiet Time promotes healing, mother baby bonding, and family bonding.  During this time we encourage limited visitation

Visitors may be limited when there are two patients in a room.

Operating Room

One support person may be allowed in the operating room at the discretion of attending anesthesiologist.

Recovery Area

Patients may have one designated support person with them during recovery. Switching of the support person is at the discretion of clinical staff to ensure safety and privacy of recovering patients.