New moms have two important goals during their stay in the hospital after delivery. The first is to get a good start on her physical recovery. The second is to learn to care for herself and her baby.
Plan ahead how you want to handle visitors during your hospital stay. Perhaps you want to select a few of those important people to visit you while you are here. Don't be afraid to ask visitors to leave if you are feeling exhausted or aren't comfortable nursing in front of company.
The nurses will also need to meet with you during your stay to share necessary information about how to care for yourself and your baby once you are at home. Most of the time, nurses will arrange the teaching sessions around your visitors, but if you always have visitors, she will have to ask them to leave or do the teaching with them in the room.
Please keep nursing staff informed of your need for rest and/or privacy and if you want to limit visitors or length of visits. Your nurse will arrange "quiet times" by placing a sign on your door requesting visitors to check in at the nurses' station. We'll make every effort to meet your individual needs and desires.
Additional guidelines for visitors to the Family Birthplace:
- It is preferred that visitors come between noon and 8:30 p.m. Note: Quiet Time in the Family Birthplace is between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
- All visitors should be in good health, with no signs of infection or illness such as rash/skin lesions, fever, sore throat, cold, diarrhea, vomiting, or any known exposure to mumps, measles, or chicken pox.
- All visitors, including birth partner(s) are asked to wash their hands before holding or feeding the baby. This is important not only for the safety of your baby, but also for that of other babies in the nursery.
- Children of any age may visit. However, they are the responsibility of the adult who brings them and must be supervised at all times.
- We suggest that you have only two visitors in your room at one time. Larger groups may be asked to use the TV lounge or lobby area.