Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital encourages family participation in the birth process. We also want our new families to have adequate rest, comfort and privacy while on our unit. With that in mind, we ask you—our visitors—to follow these guidelines:
- Sign in at the reception desk for the safety of our moms and babies.
- During the labor and delivery process, we ask that no more than three visitors be in the birthing room at one time.
- In the event of a cesarean birth, only one person may accompany the mother. Other visitors are asked to remain in designated waiting areas.
- When visitors are not in the labor suite, please wait in a designated waiting area. Please do not stay in the hall outside patient rooms, as there are other moms and babies in the area who are trying to rest.
- We really enjoy seeing big brothers and big sisters with their new sibling! Because we also want to protect newborns from illness, we ask that only big brothers and big sisters who are well visit the unit. For the protection of the babies here, other children (cousins, children of friends, etc.) should not visit the unit.
- During the hours of 2 to 4 p.m. we have Mother-Baby Quiet Time. This period of rest promotes
healing and increases bonding between mom and baby. During this time, we
encourage limited or no visitors.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Visitors: Parents are encouraged to stay with their baby in the NICU as much as possible. The health of the baby is our primary concern, and special precautions may be taken to ensure that all visitors in the NICU are healthy and free from colds, cold sores and flu-like symptoms. Please note: There is no NICU at Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital.
Pregnant women and newborns are extremely susceptible to viruses, especially during cold and flu season. Visitation may be strictly limited at any time for this reason.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping us provide quality care and rest for your family members and other families.