Visiting Your Baby in NICU
Parents are encouraged to visit their baby as often as possible. It is important for you to get to know your baby even if he or she is ill or very tiny. You may visit for as long as you like. From time to time you may be asked to leave your baby’s bedside when procedures are being done. Your nurse will tell you when you can come back.
To protect your baby and the other babies in NICU, please follow these rules when visiting your baby:
- Visiting is restricted to parents and grandparents of baby only.
- Parents and grandparents may come into the NICU at any time.
- Information about your baby will be given only to parents.
- When the baby’s father is not involved in the baby’s care the baby’s mother may designate one support person. The baby’s mother will inform the nurse of the name of the support person so it can be recorded in the baby’s chart.
- Parents are responsible for making sure that all visitors to the NICU wash their hands before going to the baby’s bedside.
- Parents must make sure that all visitors coming into the NICU are healthy.
- If visitors have a cold or the flu they will not be allowed to visit.
- The people caring for your baby must be able to be reached in the event of an emergency.
- Due to Infection and Control regulations siblings are not allowed to visit the NICU.
Families may be asked to leave the unit:
- If the NICU becomes crowded or busy.
- During shift change.
- When there is an admission to their baby’s area.
- For the privacy of all the babies you may be asked to leave during Doctor’s rounds, usually between 10am-12pm. This is when the doctors examine and discuss each baby.
Finding Accommodations When Your Baby is In Hospital
It can be a difficult time for parents when mom is medically ready for discharge before baby. The thought of going home without your baby is scary and can be one of the most challenging times of your recovery.
Please click here for information as well as a list of possible accommodations to help make this process easier.