Birth Center Visitation Policy

Visiting the Family Birth Center at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Due to concerns about seasonal respiratory illness, we are prohibiting visitation by children under the age of 12 who are not immediate family (brothers or sisters) of the baby, or anyone with flu-like symptoms (such as fevers, chills, coughing, or sore throat) until further notice.

At UH Elyria Medical Center, we understand how important it is to share this special time with family and friends. Our medical staff will assist patients in designating a list of their visitors. Each patient is at liberty to withdraw consent for visitors at any time. Likewise, based on clinical needs, visitors may be limited at the discretion of our medical staff.

Because UH Elyria Medical Center is committed to patient and newborn safety, our staff adheres to the following general guidelines, which protects patient privacy while allowing caregivers to have access to the patient during the critical stages of labor. The health of the mother and baby are the first priority of our staff, and overcrowded labor and delivery rooms may impede the safe delivery and care of the newborn. To create the best birthing experience possible, UH Elyria Medical Center observes the following visitor guidelines:

  • There may be up to three visitors present for delivery: the husband or father of the baby, one significant other of the patient’s choosing and a labor coach.
  • After delivery, husbands or father of the baby, one significant other of the patient’s choosing and grandparents are welcome to visit anytime the mother desires.
  • General visitation, including extended family and friends, occurs during the hours of 12 p.m.–8 p.m. Only four visitors are allowed per room at one time (not counting the husband or father of the baby). Others may wait in the outside area.
  • Visitors waiting their turn must remain in the designated area. For the safety and security of the mothers and newborns in our unit, waiting in hallways is not permitted.
  • Siblings are welcome to visit or spend the night anytime under the supervision of an adult visitor other than the patient.
  • Due to increased infection control risks for the newborn, no children under the age of 12 are allowed unless they are siblings of the newborn baby.
  • During periods of seasonal respiratory illness, visitation may be limited by our staff to protect the health of mothers and babies.
  • All visitors will be instructed to wash their hands or use foam cleanser when entering a patient room, nursery or Special Care Nursery (SCN).
  • The Special Care Nursery has special visitation hours—contact the SCN for more information.
  • The admission and discharge entrance should only be used for the expectant mom and father of the baby and/or significant other of the patient’s choosing upon arriving at the hospital for delivery and for discharge. This is done to promote overall safety of the unit and security of the newborns.
  • Entrances to the hospital are locked at 8:30 p.m. Husbands/father of the baby, one significant other of the patient’s choosing and grandparents must come through the Emergency Care Center entrance, show ID, sign in and receive a pass prior to being admitted into the Family Birth Center.

Visitors should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner to ensure patients are not disturbed and privacy is protected. Visitors may be asked by a Safety/Security officer to leave the premises of the hospital if their behavior is inappropriate. Hospital personnel are expected to ensure visitors adhere to all visitation privileges and may ask for a visitor to leave the hospital when their behavior becomes inappropriate for a care environment.

Visitation During Medical Triage

Our triage area is a space where medical priorities are determined based on the conditions of arriving patients. Due to limited space and privacy of other patients in the triage area, patients awaiting triage may have one visitor of her choosing plus children, if necessary, until other arrangements can be made. No food or drinks are permitted in the triage area.

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