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:
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.