The Women's Hospital - Visitation Updates Effective March 7, 2022
- Masks are required for all who enter the building and must be worn throughout the visit.
- Patients and visitors will be screened upon entry into the facility.
- Hospital patients, including obstetrical inpatients, gynecology surgical patients, and OB-GYN emergency department patients, may have two designated visitors/support persons.
- These designated visitors/support persons must be 16 years old or older.
- Designated visitors will remain the same throughout the patient’s stay and wrist bands will be utilized to identify designated visitors.
- Siblings of newborns may visit daily during the hours of 4 PM - 6 PM with ONE additional adult.
- Outpatient/Office Appointments: TWO support persons.
- NICU: both parents may visit together. No other NICU visitors at this time.
- Clergy may visit patients as appropriate.
Because the babies in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) need special care due to prematurity or other conditions, visitation guidelines in our NICU are different from other areas of The Women's Hospital.
In order to keep your baby and other NICU babies as safe as possible, the following guidelines have been implemented.
NICU Guidelines (Subject to change during Influenza and RSV seasons)
- Mother and father/designated support person are considered part of the team providing care for baby. You are welcome in the unit at any time with the exception of 6:30 - 7:45 AM and 6:30-7:45 PM. The NICU may also be closed during emergencies or procedures.
- Only mother and father/designated support person are encouraged to assist in the care of baby. Other family members are not permitted to hold or feed baby.
- Parents can choose a limited amount of family members (up to six people) to visit baby in the NICU. Designated family members are welcome in the unit but need to be accompanied by mother or father/designated support person. Visiting family members must be at least 16 years of age unless they are a sibling of the baby.
- Siblings ages four years and up may visit with current proof of immunizations and neonatology approval.
- Due to limited space, only two individuals will be allowed at each bed at a time. One of these two individuals needs to be the mother or father/designated support person.
- Family members who have symptoms of illness (fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, body aches) will have temperatures taken as needed prior to entering NICU.
- Handwashing is required for family members entering and leaving the NICU.
To improve the health of our patients, visitors and employees, The Women’s Hospital, along with other area health care and community partners, became smoke-free on November 17, 2005. Smoking is prohibited on The Women’s Hospital grounds.