Security & Visitor Guidelines

​We believe that parents and our hospital caregivers are partners in providing a safe and comfortable environment. The Childbirth Center is a secured unit that offers multiple levels of security for the protection of mom and baby.  

For security and identification purposes, all newborns receive an arm and ankle band that directly matches the band worn by their mother.  A security tag is also attached to the newborn armband immediately after birth.  

Our visitor guidelines are supportive of mothers and newborns. We understand that both have been through a physically challenging event and need time to recover, bond and rest during their brief hospital stay.


For these reasons, we ask that all visitors follow these guidelines:
 

  • Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Visitors need to sign in at the Childbirth Center front reception desk and identify who they are visiting.
  • The primary support person may visit at any time and must wear proper identification (banding) at all times.
  • There are visitor limitations during labor and caesarean (C-section) deliveries.
  • Only one support person may be present during a C-section delivery.
  • No more than five (5) visitors may be in attendance during the labor and birth experience.  All individuals providing labor support must wear medical-center-issued identification bands.  Bands are transferrable between labor support persons.
  • Children under one year are not allowed to visit unless they are siblings.
  • Children may not stay in the Childbirth Center overnight.
  • Only one support person may stay in the Childbirth Center after visitation hours have closed.
  • The visitor guidelines are posted in the lobby.
In order for us to provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for new mothers and babies, while retaining a family-friendly atmosphere, we ask for your help with the following visitor policies: 
 

Visiting Laboring Mothers 

  1. All visitors must sign in and out at the front desk. The Childbirth Center is a secured unit. 
  2. We ask that you limit support members in the labor room at any one time to five people.
  3. The primary support person (labor coach) will be identified by the patient, is not considered a visitor and may be present at any time. 
  4. A separate adult must accompany children and siblings under the age of 12. This adult is solely responsible for supervising and meeting the needs of these children. The labor coach can't perform this dual role.
  5. Please consider time of day when delivery occurred before planning your visit. It may be best to postpone your visit to the following day for mothers who deliver later in the day (after 9 p.m. visiting hours).
  6. Overnight induction of labor: In the best interest of our patients, we request that you stay at home until the mother is actively laboring and calls for her support members to arrive at the medical center. 
  7. If medical or security issues arise, or if staff believes that the number or conduct of visitors is interfering with patient care, staff will ask visitors to leave. ​

Visiting Mothers After Delivery

  1. Please observe hospital visiting hours, which are 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 
  2. All visitors please sign in and out at the Childbirth Center front desk.
  3. No child(ren) under the age of one year will be allowed to visit the newborn in the medical center unless they are a sibling.
  4. The overnight support person is limited to one individual. This is a critical time for the mother to rest and the newborn to bond. 
  5. Please wash your hands before holding the newborn. ​

Special Care Nursery

Most babies are born healthy and on time. Even babies who are born a few weeks early often don't need to be admitted into the Special Care Nursery. However, parents can feel "peace of mind" knowing the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Childbirth Center is here to help if your baby arrives up to six weeks early. Babies in our special care nursery receive additional care and close monitoring to ensure their health and well-being.  

1.  Visitors to the Special Care Nursery are welcome between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
2.  Visitors are allowed when accompanied by a support person with proper identification
     (banding).
3.  The Special Care Nursery is open 24 hours per day for those with proper identification
     (banding).
4.  Bedside visitors are limited to two; this includes one parent.
5.  Only siblings of the newborn are allowed to visit and they must be supervised by an
     adult at all times while in the Special Care Nursery.  
6.  Siblings may visit if they show no signs of illness.

Lobby & Waiting Areas

  1. 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. 
  2. Please respect the requests made to you by our receptionist and staff as they have many responsibilities. ​