Women’s Health and Family Birthing Center

The Women’s Health and Family Birthing Center at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital adheres to the following visitation guidelines for the safety and comfort of all our patients and visitors. Our guidelines include:

  • 24-hour visiting hours for labor patients
  • Postpartum visiting hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • All visitors must be free of signs of active illness (i.e. fever, cough, vomiting).
  • Visitors must be over age 5 unless they are siblings of the newborn.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The responsible adult cannot be the patient herself.
  • Patients may have unlimited visitors; however, they must rotate out for a maximum of four visitors in the room at one time.
  • The support person with the second matching newborn ID band and siblings to the newborn do not count as visitors.
  • Patients may have their support person stay with them overnight, but he or she must be over age 18, unless it is the newborn’s father.
  • The overnight support person is asked to be properly clothed at all times and not to sleep in the patient’s bed. A convertible sofa is provided, but a twin-size inflatable mattress may be brought in and used by those who need special sleeping accommodations. The inflatable mattress cannot be laid directly next to the patient bed for safety purposes. Linens and pillows will be provided to the overnight support person, if available.
  • Meals and snacks are provided to the patient only.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the patient’s room promptly if the mother’s condition warrants.
  • To ensure the safety and confidentiality of our patients, visitors should not congregate in the hallways or nursing stations. A visitor lounge is provided outside our locked double doors for those times that visitors cannot be at the patient’s bedside.
  • A “Lullaby Time” is offered daily from 2 to 4 p.m. to all new mothers. Visitors and phone calls will be held during this time. Essential nursing care will continue.
  • Three observers (including the father of the baby) may attend a stable mother’s delivery. Crowd control during the delivery process ensures everyone’s safety.
  • Visitor rotation may resume after the delivery once the recovery process is complete and both mother and newborn are stable.
  • A mother desiring her minor child(ren) to attend the delivery must notify her midwife, physician or nurse of her wishes prior to the active phase of labor. He/she must be accompanied by an adult who is prepared to immediately leave the room with the child if the mother’s condition becomes unstable or the child becomes fearful. Any children observing the delivery count in the total number of observers.
  • Photography and videography are allowed during the delivery, but with specific guidelines. Please speak with your nurse/ midwife/physician about these, along with our social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) restrictions regarding posting and “tagging” photographs/videos that feature our healthcare team members.
  • During times of public health crisis, such as an influenza pandemic, additional restrictions may apply in order to protect the health of the mother and the newborn.
  • Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis when there are extenuating circumstances.