Hints for Family & Visitors

Families & Visitors

  • To give the patients quiet time to help with their recovery and bond with their babies, visitors should arrive during regular visiting hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • The only children allowed in Labor & Delivery, or in the room with the newborn at any time, are siblings of the newborn. See Sibling Visitation Policy.
  • Children are not permitted in the patient’s room without another adult present.
  • Children are not permitted to spend the night in the patient’s room.
  • Limit visitors to two at a time.
  • Minimize noise and loud talking in the waiting areas and rooms.
  • Do not take your food or coffee into patient rooms as it can make the patient feel queasy.
  • The hospital cafeteria and vending areas are provided for your convenience. The cafeteria is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and on Saturday and Sunday, the cafeteria is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closing briefly from 10:30 to 11:00 to prepare the lunch line every day.
  • Promote rest by limiting light, noise and touch. Please do not turn on the TV unless the patient requests you to do so.
  • Willis-Knighton hospitals are smoke-free facilities. Please smoke only in the designated smoking areas. Infants should not be exposed to smoke, either in the hospital or at home.
  • We strive to respect our patients’ wishes and protect our patients’ privacy. Family members and visitors are expected to do the same.

Sibling Visitation Postpartum

Siblings are the only children allowed to visit Labor & Delivery or be welcomed into the room with their newborn brother or sister. Siblings are required to have their temperatures taken by the nurse and must wash their hands before visiting the newborn. Be sure to bring a current immunization record for each child. Nurses will check and verify that all siblings have received the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine prior to joining newborn in room.

Because a newborn’s immune system is not fully developed, we make every effort to assure that any visiting siblings are free from illness. 

Siblings may visit their mother and the newborn unless they have had any of the following symptoms in the past two weeks:

  • Fever
  • Runny Nose, Cold or Any Respiratory Infection
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Draining Sores

Siblings who have been exposed to chickenpox, mumps, measles, rubella or other illnesses in the past three weeks may not visit. If siblings have not had the chicken pox, the mother must show written proof that they have had the chicken pox vaccine at least six weeks before any hospital visitation.

Please Note: The visitation policy is different for the newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or the intermediate care nursery. Ask your nurse to explain these policies.