At St. Joseph’s Hospital we believe that having a baby is an exciting time for you and your family. The staff in Maternal Child Services welcomes you. We will do everything possible to make this a wonderful experience.
You can help us by not allowing any adult or child with an illness such as a cold, the flu, or a cold sore visit you. They cannot visit if they have been exposed to a disease such as the chicken pox. Everyone must wash their hands before touching the baby.
For safety all units are locked. To enter any unit press the intercom button once. The staff will ask you who you are here to see. Then the doors will be opened by remote control.
Labor partners are chosen ahead of time by the mother. Partners should learn about labor and delivery by going to childbirth classes or by reading books. Partners give support and comfort to the mother in labor. Labor partners should keep other family and friends informed.
A visitor’s waiting room is outside the main door to the Labor and Delivery Suite.
Visitors are not allowed to remain in the hallways or outside patient rooms. After the delivery, when mom and baby are stable, the patient may invite family or friends to visit briefly.
All labor partners and visitors must leave when asked to do so by the nurse, doctor or midwife. Please go to the waiting room until asked to return to the patient’s room. The nurse, doctor, or midwife may change the visiting rules based on the patient’s condition or other reasons.
Labor and Delivery Suite
Up to three labor partners are allowed at any time.
Partners as listed on mom’s birthplan may stay during labor. After the delivery when mom and baby are stable, the patient may invite friends and family to visit.
Operating Room during C-section
One labor partner during C‐section if mom is awake. Partner may not be present for other procedures in the operating room.
Mother Baby Unit (Post Partum)
Labor partner may visit at any time and may stay overnight. All other visitors may visit from noon to 8 p.m. Children must have an adult other than mom with them at all times.
Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU)
We strive to provide the safest and most effective care for our patients and their families. Babies grow best in a quiet and calm environment so we ask that the number of people at the bedside is limited to four, which includes the parents. All visitors must be free from illness. Parents and grandparents may visit at any time except shift changes. All other visitors may visit with a parent present. Staff reserves the right to ask guests to step out as necessary.