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USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is the area’s leading provider of health services for newborn babies and their mothers. Our Mother/Baby unit offers private birthing suites promoting family centered care. Rooming-in is available for those mothers desiring those arrangements. The continuum of mother/baby care at Children’s & Women’s includes the full range of high-risk obstetrics and perinatal care.

Web Nursery

Our Web Nursery program allows families to share with family and friends via the Internet the exciting news of the arrival of their newborn! Please click here for more information.

Visiting Information

General Guidelines

Parent visiting is allowed in the nurseries during designated times. Other family members and siblings may visit with the parent or guardian. Our intent is to make visitation as comfortable and beneficial as possible for the patients and family members.

Progressive Care II

Progressive Care II, a nursery for premature babies who are getting ready to go home, allows parents and designated visitors anytime except for the following:

Shift change: 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m., 3 p.m.-4 p.m., and 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. This is to allow for the confidentiality during report.

Emergency procedures: Occasionally, visitors will be asked to leave the area in the event of a surgical or medical procedure as deemed necessary by the medical staff.

Designated Visitors: In an effort to provide emotional support, parents will be allowed to select up to four other visitors who, with permission from the parents, may visit without a parent present. These visitors must be identified by either of the infant’s parents. Detailed information concerning the infant’s condition is available only to the infant’s parents. Designated visitors must adhere to all the visitation policies, but are not allowed to bring other visitors into the Progressive Care II area.

When entering the PCII, all visitors are required to remove jewelry and watches and perform a three-minute finger to elbow scrub at the visitor sinks. Jewelry may be put back on after the visit is complete. A maximum of four visitors is allowed at the patient’s bedside at one time. In order to protect the privacy of other patients, all visitors are required to remain at their infant’s bedside.

All visitors must be with a parent with the exception of the admission provision noted above. All visitors are asked to carry some form of identification. The infant’s ID band is acceptable as long as it remains attached to the parent. Picture identification will be required from the parents on the day of the infant’s discharge home. No one other than parents may receive information by phone concerning an infant without proper identification.

Siblings of patients are allowed to visit on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The siblings must be at least 2 years of age.

All children 14 years of age and younger are required to wear a Particulate Filter Respirator mask at all times upon entry to the PC II. If the child is unable to keep the mask in place he/she may be asked to wait in NICU waiting room.

A parent must supervise children at all times. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to touch an infant unless they are the infant’s parent.

Proper attire is required by all visitors in the PC II area:
  •House shoes or shoes
  •Gowns that close
  •Shirts

In an effort to maintain infection control, visiting will not be allowed if the following symptoms are displayed by the visitor:
  •Cough
  •Runny nose, nasal drainage
  •Fever of 100.5 or greater
  •Diarrhea
  •Vomiting
  •Eye drainage
  •Cold sores/fever blisters
  •Skin rashes of unknown origin
  •Any exposure to or vaccination to any childhood illnesses in the last 6 weeks. Examples include chicken pox, measles, RSV, viruses or flu
  •The parent/visitor must be symptom free for 24 hours to gain re-admittance to PC II.

Contact Information

Nurse Manager - Veronica Hudson

Location

Mother/Baby is located on the second floor of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Our telephone number is (251) 415-1245.

 

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