Flexible Visiting Hours
The Women’s Hospital's philosophy of care is based on the family-centered concept. Father/primary support person may visit any time or stay overnight. Siblings are welcome to visit if an adult caretaker, other than their mother, is with them at all times.
- Visiting hours for those other than father/primary support person and siblings are from 8 AM to 8 PM. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of a physician or nurse.
- All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Visitors who are disruptive may be asked to leave.
- All visitors should be free of infection and not recently exposed to infectious diseases (such as flu or chickenpox) for the safety of all mothers and babies. Visitors who present with signs and symptoms of an illness or infection will be asked to refrain from visiting.
- For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff with latex allergies, we do not allow latex balloons within the hospital. Mylar balloons are allowed.
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.