Birth Center FAQ
Who can attend the birth?
During labor, limit visitors to two persons other than your support person. Some procedures require all visitors to leave the room at the request of either the patient or medical staff.
Can children visit the Labor and Delivery area?
Children visiting the Labor and Delivery area must be accompanied by an adult. (Child visitors are limited to the patient’s children.)
Where can visitors wait during the labor?
Visitors are not allowed to wait in the hallway for an extended amount of time. A waiting room providing a telephone, restroom, television, magazines and coffee is available for visitors.
What is the cell phone policy?
No phone calls can be placed to a patient in Labor and Delivery in order to respect the privacy of the expectant mother during this very personal process.
What are the guidelines for videotaping/photographing the birth?
We make every attempt to accommodate the videotaping/photographing birth. There are, however, a few guidelines you, your family or friends should follow to ensure the safety and privacy of all patients:
- The couple should discuss videotaping with their health care provider during prenatal visits.
- If complications develop, the health care provider or charge nurse makes the final decision as to whether videotaping should continue.
- Video cameras must be battery operated. Electrical cords can be hazardous.
- Tripods, third-party photographers and lighting sources not connected to the camera are not allowed.
- Videotaping during labor is permitted in the labor/delivery rooms except if a special medical procedure is taking place.
- Camera operators must be stationary at the head of the bed.
- Videotaping in the recovery room is only permitted if approved by a nurse.
- Caesarean section deliveries cannot be videotaped. The baby, however, may be videotaped after the birth, if approved by staff.