The Women's Hospital
Visitation updates effective December 4, 2023
- Masking is required by all NICU visitors/parents at this time due to increasing respiratory viruses.
- Masking is not required by patients unless they have respiratory symptoms or confirmed respiratory viral illness.
- Visitors are asked to not visit our hospitals if they feel ill or are experiencing respiratory symptoms (such as cough, sneezing, congestion), or may have a respiratory illness such as flu, RSV, COVID, etc.
- Appropriate isolation guidelines may remain in place for all staff and patients who have respiratory illnesses.
- Patients may request staff to wear a mask.
- 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.
- Open visitation is daily from 4 PM – 6 PM. Open visitation excludes NICU and laboring patients.
- 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. Clergy must check-in with security.
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.
- Masking is required for family members in 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.