Your baby's health, safety and confidentiality are important to us. The following guidelines have been designed with these priorities in mind.
Parents are encouraged to be with their babies as often as possible. Family and friends may visit with a parent at any time. This is to allow you time to get to know your baby and learn any special care your baby may need.
If you are unable to visit your baby as often as you would like, you may identify two special visitors to visit in your absence. Your nurse will assist you with the arrangements.
Your baby's brothers or sisters (age 4 or older) are welcome to visit. Ask your baby's nurse concerning the guidelines around sibling visitation.
All parents and visitors will be asked to leave the NICU nursery for change of shift report to preserve the privacy of all babies and their families, and to reduce the number of people at the baby?s bedside. Shift change reports are 7 to 7:45 a.m. and 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
All visitors to the nursery must be in good health. Minor illnesses for adults and children, such as cold , flu and fever can be very serious for babies in the NICU. If you have signs or symptoms of an illness please don?t visit until you are healthy. You are encouraged to call for updates.
Medical information will be given only to parents over the phone. Please encourage family and friends to contact you for information about your baby. Our toll-free line is strictly for parent use. Please do not give this number to friends and family. Please limit the number of personal phone calls you receive in the unit and use this time to visit with your baby.
Please check in at he reception desk before entering the NICU. You and any visitors will be asked to sign in and out when you enter and leave the NICU. Check with the clerical associate to see if your baby has been moved. On occasion we must move babies within the unit to accommodate new arrivals.
Many of the babies in the NICU are extremely sensitive to noise, for this reason it is very important to keep noise to a minimum. Please turn off all cell phones and set beepers to vibrate.