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Mother and Baby Visitor Guidelines

Modified Patient and Visitor Guidelines

For the safety of our patients, staff and community, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is modifying our patient and visitor guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Labor and Delivery

 
  • Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day.
  • The number of visitors is limited (and includes children).
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied/supervised at all times by an adult who is not the patient.
  • Visitors must check in at the Registration Desk.
  • Visitors should be in good health and wear protective materials when necessary.
  • Other visitors can wait in a designated area.
  • In TRIAGE: one support person per patient.
    In LABOR, limit 4 visitors (primary support plus 3 others).
    In PRE-OP, OR. POST-OP/PACU: one support person per patient.

 

Maternal Child Unit (after delivery)

 
  • Fathers or designated companion may visit any time (provided they wear numbered/maternity issued baby bracelet as an identifier).
  • Grandparents, siblings and others may visit between 9 a.m.–9 p.m.(exceptions made only by charge nurse or manager)
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied/supervised at all times by an adult who is not the patient.
  • Visitors should be in good health and wear protective materials when necessary.

 

NICU

 
  • Parents are welcome 24 hours a day.
  • There may be times when visitors are asked to step out of the NICU for short times to protect the confidentiality of others or for medical/therapeutic patient care reasons.
  • Two people may visit at a time at the bedside; one must be a parent.
  • Additional visitors may wait in the family waiting room located immediately outside the NICU.
  • All visitors must strictly adhere to infection control practices throughout their stay.
  • Siblings older than two years may visit and must be supervised by a parent while in the NICU. They must be free of communicable diseases.
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