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Visitors and Your Hospital Stay

You and your family can't wait to share your new baby with the world. Your UnityPoint Health – Methodist Birthing Center team wants to help you include everyone while protecting your baby's new immune system.

Methodist offers a flexible, open visitor policy and maternity rooms designed to keep you comfortable. We've put together a list of health, safety and security processes, along with important information about your stay.

Comforts of Home, Hospital Expertise

As a new mom, you deserve special attention. New mothers at Methodist have access to special room service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Choose tasty meals, snacks and desserts from our full-service menu during your recovery time.

Our team of experts is here to answer any questions you have as you ease into your new role as a mother. The team includes your mom-and-baby nurse, lactation consultant, social worker and specialists.

All Birthing Center rooms are private. Each room and bathroom includes a nurse-call system for help. State-of-the-art technology stays tucked away out of sight unless it is necessary. Each room has a:

  • Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Television with DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Glider
  • Bed for the new mom
  • Full-size sleeper for the support person

Flexible Visiting Hours

Welcoming a new baby is a joyful experience that many women wish to share with their friends and family. UnityPoint Health provides flexible visiting hours. We allow your family and loved ones to meet your new bundle of joy at a time that works best for you. Visiting guidelines include:

  • Your partner: The husband, father of the baby or designated birthing partner is welcome to come and go throughout the hospital stay, as you wish. We don't consider this person a "visitor."
  • Siblings: If you have other children, they may spend time with you during your birthing experience. Or you may prefer they enjoy our comfortable family lounge (under adult supervision).
  • Overnight visitor: One person may spend the night with the new mother and baby if desired.
  • Other visitors: Following delivery, grandparents and siblings of any age may visit, as the new mom desires, in her hospital room. We recommend that friends and extended family wait to visit until you're home in a day or two.
  • Young visitors: Children other than siblings must be 12 years or older to visit.

Safe and Healthy Visits

Your newborn will stay in mom's room unless there is a medical reason. We do not have a viewing nursery. Moms and babies are separated only for health care reasons or special circumstances.

This policy means your baby will be in the room when you have visitors. We recommend a few guidelines for healthy visits:

  • Hand-washing with antibacterial gel or soap and water immediately before anyone touches or holds the new baby
  • Limiting friends and family to 15- to 30-minute visits to allow Mom enough time for rest and required care and teaching during the brief hospital stay
  • Asking extended family and friends to wait to visit until Mom is settled at home
  • Supervising young siblings or visiting children (by an adult and not the new mom)

New parents should screen visitors for any signs of infection. Anyone with the following symptoms should wait to visit until they feel better. People should not touch or be around the baby if they have:

  • Cold, flu or upper respiratory infection
  • Diarrhea or stomach flu (gastroenteritis)
  • Rash of unknown cause
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cold sores
  • Any contagious condition

Infant Security

Your family's security is important to us. To protect your privacy and safety, we don't give out birth information over the phone.

We recommend you identify a family member to handle questions. Make sure people close to you know who to call for news. Other ways we protect you are:

  • Infant electronic tracking system (baby tags and unit sensors)
  • Special identification bands for mothers, babies and partner
  • Cameras, security locks and controlled, observed traffic on and off of the unit
  • Special hospital ID badges for all staff

Read more about what you can do to keep everyone safe and secure when you bring baby home.

Smoking

UnityPoint Health – Methodist provides a smoke-free environment for its patients, visitors and employees. Smoking is a health hazard for everyone, but especially for babies and children. It is not allowed anywhere inside our hospitals.

Parking

We provide a few options to help make parking easier. We have:

  • Valet parking available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wheelchairs available if needed
  • After-hours and weekend parking in the garage across from the main entrance

Cafeteria

Hospital cafeteria is located on the 4th floor. The UP Café is located on the main level. They serve a variety of hot and cold foods. Hours of operation are posted by the entrance doors.

Vending machines are also available.

Financial Information and Preregistration

You can do several things ahead of time to help avoid insurance slow-downs and surprises:

  • Check now with your insurance company about coverage for you and your new baby
  • Find out what co-payments or deductibles you'll need to pay
  • Notify your insurance company soon after the birth of the new baby (to enroll your baby as a new dependent)

Contact the Birthing Center

Call 309-672-4852 to schedule a tour of the Birthing Center.

For information about childbirth preparation classes, see our Classes and Events page or call 309-671-2522.

Preregister now to reserve your space.