Infant Security and Safety
Baby Safety in the Hospital
The safety and security of you and your baby during your stay at the hospital is very important to us. In order to protect the safety of our patients, we are not able to give specific details about our security system but rest assured knowing that we have put a number measures in place to keep you both safe. The following are a few things that you and your family can do to help keep safety a priority.
- All hospital employees wear unique photo ID badges that show their name and title. Do not let anyone take your baby unless they have a hospital ID badge with their name, title and picture on it.
- If you are not sure about someone who wants to take your baby, call your nurse or ask to accompany your baby.
- Never leave your baby alone. If you go to the bathroom, take your baby with you in the bassinet or leave your baby with someone you trust.
- For safety and security reasons please keep your baby in the bassinet when transporting your baby outside of your room.
- Newspaper Announcements - The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children discourage hospitals and parents from publishing birth announcements in local newspapers because a small number of infant abductions have been linked to those announcements. So to protect our patients' privacy and safety, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines does not submit birth announcements to area newspapers. Protecting our patients is a top priority at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, and we encourage you to follow the tips below to safeguard yourself and your new baby. If you have any questions, please ask your healthcare provider.
Infant Safety Tips After Discharge
- Do not provide your home address or other unique, identifying information for birth announcements. This gives anyone information they can use to find you and your baby after being discharged from the hospital.
- When you leave the hospital, take home for your records at least one color photograph of your infant (full, front face view), and compile a written description of your infant, including hair and eye color, length, weight, date of birth and specific physical attributes.
- Avoid using outdoor decorations to announce your baby's arrival; they tip off strangers to the presence of a new baby.
- Allow people into your home only if they are well-known by the mother. Avoid allowing anyone into your home who is just an acquaintance, especially if you met briefly since you became pregnant or gave birth to your baby.