Maternity Department Visitors
Visitor Restrictions Due to 2015 Flu
For the safety of our patients and to limit the spread of flu during this outbreak, Newton-Wellesley is putting the following temporary visitor restrictions in place:
- For medical or surgical patients – no more than two visitors per patient at any one time.
- For maternity patients – parents plus no more than two visitors per patient at any one time.
- No visitors age 12 years or younger.
- Please do not visit if you have not had the flu shot or have a fever (100° or more) and/or the following flu-like symptoms: cough, sore throat, and runny nose.
General visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please note our new "Quiet Time" hours are from 2:00 to 4:00 pm every day when visitors are not permitted. Learn more
Partners may visit at any time. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult and cannot stay overnight.
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Babies stay in their mother’s room if their delivery is uncomplicated and the newborn is stable during the immediate recovery period after birth. Family members should not visit until at least two hours after the baby is born. Parents need this private time to bond with their baby.
We suggest that only close family members visit for limited periods during your stay in the Hospital. You will need time to rest and learn to care for your new baby. You will be going home soon and it may be more comfortable to receive visitors there.
Anyone with a fever, cold, sore throat or other symptoms of an infectious disease should not visit, nor should you have visitors who may have been exposed to a communicable disease such as chicken pox. Also, please ask your visitors to wash their hands before holding your baby.
The maternity unit has created a break in visiting hours called "Quiet Time." These quiet hours are seven days a week from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Visitors are asked to come before or after these hours. The only interruptions at the bedside during this time are for essential patient care.
Quiet hours are designed to provide our delivered patients and new families the much needed rest and privacy they deserve during their short stay. Having this quiet time will also benefit mother and baby by decreasing fatigue, increasing bonding time and allowing parents to become familiar with their baby’s feeding cues.
To assure your newborn's safety and security, birth identification bands will be placed on you and your infant immediately after birth. Never leave your baby unattended. Never let anyone take your baby away from your room unless they are wearing a hospital ID.
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