Your first goals will be to get to know and care for your newborn baby, as well as to take care of yourself. It’s fun and celebratory to share your joy with visitors, and yet it’s important to create bonding time and get enough rest.
Plan ahead how you want to handle visitors during your hospital stay. Perhaps you would like to select a few of those important people to visit you. Don't be afraid to ask visitors to leave if you are feeling exhausted or aren't comfortable nursing in front of company.
Your nurse will also help you manage number of visitors and length of stay. Your nurse can 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.
The nurses will also need time with you to share 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 at times it may be necessary to ask visitors to wait until the teaching sessions have been completed.
Additional guidelines for visitors to the Family Birthplace: