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NICU Visitation

Visiting Guidelines

Babies in the NICU needs the same love and attention as other newborns.

A Guide to Munson's NICU:

  • All visitors must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Visitors should be limited to two at the bedside.
  • Siblings are encouraged to visit. Since young children have short attention spans, plan for a short visit.
  • In order to maintain patient confidentiality during shift report, we ask that you not visit the NICU from 6:30 - 7:30 am and 6:30 - 7:30 pm. There may be times when you will be asked to leave the unit, such as during an admission or when a special procedure is occurring.
  • People with colds, flu, sore throats, or any contagious disease should not visit your infant. Please speak to the clerk or nurse to review the health of all visitors. They will be asked to initial an ID card confirming their good health. All visitors who indicate they are ill will be asked not to visit to ensure the safety for your infant.
  • Visitors are asked to help maintain a calm environment and avoid all unnecessary noise at the bedside.
  • To protect patient privacy, video cameras are not allowed in the NICU.
  • Please note: Do not wear perfume, cologne, or after shave when visiting the NICU.

Waiting Area

A designated lounge area for visitors is located just inside the Maternity entrance off the Main Lobby.  We will ask all family/friends who want to visit to wait in this area if the parents are not available.

What You May Bring to the NICU for Your Infant

Everything your infant needs will be provided. However, to make your infant’s stay more personal for you, you may elect to bring your infant’s onesies and sleepers. Please have your baby’s nurse put a sign on the bedside that indicates that he or she has their own clothing. We recommend that you mark the clothing with your child’s name or initials.

Visiting Hours

We understand the important role that support from loved ones and friends play in the recovery process for your infant. Our first goal is to ensure the best possible care for your infant, so some decisions concerning visitors will be made jointly by the nurse or physician and the parent.

Cell Phones

Cell phones may not be used in the NICU. Cell phones may be used in all public areas of the hospital.