Security & Visitor GuidelinesWe believe that parents and our hospital staff are partners in providing a safe and comfortable environment. The Childbirth Center is a secured unit with multiple levels of security. All newborns receive an arm and ankle band for identification purposes. The number on these bands matches the mom’s armband. Security tags are also attached to babies immediately after birth.
Our guidelines are supportive of mothers and newborns, understanding that they have just been through a physically challenging event and often need time to recover, bond and rest during their brief hospital stay.
- Visitors will need to sign in at the Childbirth Center front reception desk
- Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- There are visitor limitations during labor and C-sections
- Children under 12 are not allowed to visit, unless they are siblings
- The visitor guidelines are posted in the lobby
In order for us to provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for our new mothers and babies, while still retaining a family-friendly atmosphere, we ask for your help with the following policies.
Visiting Laboring Mothers
- All visitors please sign in and out at the front desk. The Childbirth Center is a secured unit.
- We ask that you limit support members in the labor room at any one time to five persons (age 12 and over).
- The primary support person (labor coach) will be identified by the patient, is not considered a visitor and may be present at any time.
- An adult who is solely responsible for meeting the children’s needs must accompany siblings under the age of 12. The labor coach can't perform this dual role. We strongly discourage any children under the age of 12 during labor.
- Please consider time of day when delivery occurred before planning your visit. It may be best if you postpone your visit to the next day for mothers who deliver later in the day (after our 8:30 p.m. visiting hours).
- When an overnight induction of labor is planned, in the best interest of our patient, we request that you stay at home until the mother is actively laboring and she calls for her support members to come to the hospital.
- If medical or security issues arise or if the staff feels that the number or conduct of visitors is interfering with the care of the patient, staff will ask visitors to leave.
Visiting Mothers After Delivery
- Please observe hospital visiting hours, which are 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
- All visitors please sign in and out at the Childbirth Center front desk. On the second floor, please check in at the nurse's station.
- Please, no children under the age of 12 visiting the new baby in the hospital except for the baby's siblings.
- Please limit the overnight support person to one individual. This is a critical time for the mother to rest and the newborn to bond.
- Please wash your hands before holding the newborn.
Lobby & Waiting Areas
- Out of consideration for the mother, newborn and other childbirth families, we ask that you maintain a calm, clean and quiet environment in the waiting areas.
- Please respect the requests made to you by our receptionist and staff as they have many responsibilities.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
2901 Squalicum PkwyBellingham, WA 98225