Parents are encouraged to visit their baby whenever they can (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Parents may bring siblings to visit new brothers or sisters after your baby's nurse is sure that the sibling does not have a contagious disease. Parents are asked to provide a list of other relatives or friends who have permission to visit their baby. Because of space limitations, the NICU requests that each baby have only two visitors in the NICU at any time. Parent waiting rooms are available just outside the NICU for visitors to wait.
There are two family participation rooms in the NICU, where parents may stay overnight with their child before she or he is discharged. This is to help parents gain confidence in feeding, giving medicines, handling special equipment and to gain confidence with their baby. A parent lounge is also available which provides parents with beds, lockers, shower, and bathroom facilities.
As your new baby grows stronger and healthier, the NICU staff wants your stay to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Parents are encouraged to ask questions, make requests, become involved in discharge planning, and learn all they can about the care and treatment of their baby.