At the Maternity Center at Holy Cross Hospital, and soon at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital (opening in October 2014), we encourage visitors to spend time with mothers and babies.
That’s why we embrace open visitation, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. In some instances, however, the medical and nursing staff may make exceptions to our maternity visiting guidelines based on an individual patient’s needs.
When visiting maternity patients, we ask that you first check in at the information desk in the hospital lobby. And to help protect the health of mothers and newborns, we also ask that visitors wash their hands before touching the baby.
There are also some special visitation guidelines for specific maternity services:
Patients may have one visitor in triage (where patients are first evaluated when they come to the hospital), but children under 12 years of age are not permitted into the patient care area of triage. Visitors may wait for their turn in the Labor and Delivery waiting area located on the third floor of Holy Cross Hospital, and on the third floor of Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, when it opens in October 2014.
- Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) Room
After triage, when patients are admitted to Labor and Delivery, they may choose to have up to three people with them for support during labor and delivery, but they must be 12 years old and older.
If patients want to have children under age 12 present at delivery, they should contact the nurse manager of the unit at least one week in advance of their scheduled delivery to make arrangements.
After birth, the patient’s support person may bring family and friends into the LDR room. We do recommend that maternity center visitation be limited to 10-minutes so that mother and baby have privacy and can rest.
- Cesarean Birth
Expectant mothers may designate one adult support person to be with them for a Cesarean birth, and in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit after a Cesarean birth.
- Maternity Suites
One adult support person who is at least 18 years old may stay overnight with the mother in the private maternity suite using our sleep sofa or sleep chair. Family and friends may visit, but siblings and visiting children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, other than the recovering mother. Siblings, regardless of age, are not permitted to spend the night.
- High-Risk Perinatal Center
One adult support person who is at least 18 years old may stay overnight in the High Risk Perinatal Center at Holy Cross Hospital. They can use our sleep sofa or sleep chair. Family and friends may visit, but visiting children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, other than the patient, at all times. Children, regardless of age, are not permitted to spend the night.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Parents are welcome—and encouraged—to visit their newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring at any time, except from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the change in nursing shifts. Just three visitors are permitted to visit at any one time, and at least one must have the matching infant identification band. Siblings over age four years old may visit when accompanied by a parent or banded person. Special arrangements must be made if siblings under age four years old wish to visit.