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The University of Chicago Medicine - The Family Birth Center

Visiting Hours & Policies

Our visitor policies prioritize safety, security and comfort to support families as they experience the birth of their newest loved one.

During labor and delivery:
There are no visiting hour limitations for adults.

During postpartum recovery:
One visitor (usually the support person) may have 24-hour visitation privileges as long as they are 18 years old or older or the father of the baby. All other visitors may visit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
 

Before admission:
The patient is allowed one visitor while in triage. There are no hour restrictions for visitation. Visitors may switch, but only one visitor may be in triage at a time.

During labor and delivery:
The mother may have up to three visitors at a time (including her support person) during her stay in the labor and delivery rooms. The visitors may switch, but the total in the room needs to remain at three. There are no hour restrictions for visitation.

During postpartum recovery:
The mother may have up to three visitors at a time (including her support person) during her stay in the Mother and Baby Care department. The visitors may switch, but the total in the room needs to remain at three.

Post-anesthesia:
The mother may have one visitor in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) (usually the person who accompanied her to surgery). Visitors may switch, but the number needs to remain one at the bedside while in PACU.

To meet the individualized emotional, psychological, safety, and physical needs of each patient, the number and age of visitors and hours of visitation may need to be amended through consensus between the nurse manager, charge nurse and the physician.

Children of the mother and/or siblings of the newborn may visit between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., but must have accompanying supervision from an adult other than the patient the entire time the children are present.

Other children under the age of 16 years are not allowed in the Labor and Delivery or Mother and Baby Care departments.
Visitors between the ages of 16 to17 years are allowed visitation in the Labor and Delivery and Mother and Baby Care departments.

  • They will be asked to state their date of birth when presenting to the department.
  • They may visit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (unless the baby’s father).

Flu season alert:
For the safety of our mothers and babies, children under the age of 12 are not allowed visitation during flu season. Check the latest flu alert.

To meet the individualized emotional, psychological, safety, and physical needs of each patient, the number and age of visitors and hours of visitation may need to be amended through consensus between the nurse manager, charge nurse and the physician.

The mother and one designated support person will have ID bands to match the one placed on the baby at birth. ID bands are connected to a hospital-wide electronic monitoring system. Bands are checked whenever a baby is taken out of a room or brought back in. The baby will keep the band on until mother and baby are discharged at the front desk.

The support person, if present at the birth, will be banded and this will give the support person visitation in the nursery and the ability to retrieve the infant from the nursery for transport to the mother’s room.

Visitors will have to present photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or state ID) for verification. All visitors will be checked against the visitor list and visitor restriction list.

All visitors coming in contact with the newborn will be instructed on performing hand hygiene before and after contact with the infant including after diaper changes.

Yes. For the safety of our patients, we enforce additional visitor restrictions during flu season each fall and winter, including:

  • No children under the age of 12 allowed
  • No one with flu-like symptoms allowed to visit

Check the latest flu alert.