To assure that newborns and their mothers get the very best of care and to protect their baby’s health and safety, Women's Hospital has the following visitation policy:
Visiting hours at the NMMC Women’s Hospital are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. Your spouse/primary support person and the baby’s siblings may visit at any time.
Labor & Delivery
• All visitors must check in at the Security Desk.
• The spouse/primary support person will be issued a pass upon admission.
• Two other passes will be available at the Security Desk for other visitors. If both passes are issued, additional visitors will need to wait until a pass becomes available.
• Siblings of the newborn may visit with the mother during labor, but no other children under age 12 are permitted to visit. You will be asked to sign a Sibling Visitation Form identifying siblings who will visit.
• Visitors may wait in the lobby, family waiting areas or dining areas but not outside patient rooms.
• During special procedures, such as placement of an epidural, all visitors may be asked to leave the room. Your nurse will notify visitors when it is appropriate to return.
• The spouse/primary support person may be asked to leave the labor room if the physician or nurse deem it necessary for the well being of the mother or baby.
• Only one visitor is allowed with the mother in the OB Emergency Department.
• With physician consent, the spouse/primary support person may be present during delivery. If a C-section is required, one support person may be present in the operating room if the mother is awake (epidural or spinal anesthesia).
• We observe the Golden Hour after delivery to allow parents and their new baby to spend time together as a family. This bonding time for you and your baby is also the best time to initiate breastfeeding, if you choose to do so. We want to give you and your baby this time together, uninterrupted, so you can get to know each other. You will be allowed to introduce your family and friends to your baby after you have this time alone.
• With the appropriate armband, siblings of the newborn who are not ill may visit the mother in her room during visitation hours. The spouse or another support person must stay in the room when siblings are present. Siblings may not stay overnight.
• Only three adult visitors, including the spouse/primary support person, are allowed in the mother’s room when the baby is present.
• Children under age 12 that are not siblings of the baby are not permitted to visit.
• Parents of infants who are unable to leave the nursery to feed or visit are encouraged to visit with the baby in the nursery. Special instructions regarding nursery visitation will be provided to these parents.
• One visitor may stay with you in holding until you go to the operating room.
• If you are having a C-section, with physician consent, one support person may be present in the operating room if you are staying awake (epidural or spinal anesthesia).
• Up to six visitors may wait in the C-section waiting room. If you have additional family members, they may wait in the lobby or the waiting area outside the nursery windows.
• In order to protect the privacy of all patients in the Recovery Room, no visitation is allowed during this time.
• When a baby returns to the NMMC Women’s Hospital for a newborn follow-up visit, the admissions clerk will provide a visitor sticker to family members. Please return the sticker to the Admissions area or Security Desk upon leaving the building.
What Parents Need to Know
• Make sure that you know all of the NMMC Women’s Hospital procedures to safeguard your infant while staying here. These include nursery routines, security measures and the visitation policy.
• Be deliberately watchful over the newborn infant.
• Never leave your infant out of your sight while in your room, even when you go to the bathroom or take a nap.
• Do not give your infant to anyone without properly verified hospital identification. If you are uncomfortable with anyone who requests to take your baby or anyone is unable to clarify why your baby is being taken from your room, contact the nurses’ station.
• For your records to take home, have at least one color photograph of your infant taken (full, front-face view) and compile a complete written description of your infant, including hair and eye color, length, weight, date of birth and specific physical attributes.
NMMC is a “tobacco free” campus. This means that smoking, along with other tobacco use, is not permitted on NMMC property. This restriction applies to visitors, NMMC employees, physicians and patients.