Due to COVID-19, UnityPoint Health – Trinity has made changes to our visitor policy. For current information regarding visitor limitations, please visit our Restrictions & Closings page. These guidelines replace the guidelines listed below until further notice.
We understand these changes may impose an inconvenience to families, but they are important steps to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Limiting visitors to our hospitalized patients will keep them safe while in our care. The community is encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, masking, and perform frequent hand hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
BirthPlace Visiting Guidelines
At UnityPoint Health – Trinity, we understand how important it is to introduce your new bundle of joy to your family and friends. To ensure a safe and healthy environment for you and your baby, we have implemented the following guidelines for visitors:
- The husband, father of the baby or designated birthing partner is welcome to come and go throughout the hospital stay, as needed. This person is not considered a "visitor."
- One person may spend the night with the new mother and baby, if desired.
- Following delivery, grandparents and siblings may visit, as the new mom desires, in her hospital room.
- While siblings of any age are allowed to visit, other children must be 12 years or older to visit. Please be aware that an adult (other than the new mom) must always be present to supervise young siblings or visiting children.
- The healthy newborn remains in mom's room when visitors are present as we do not have traditional "viewing nurseries." Moms and babies are separated only for health care reasons.
- New parents should screen visitors for any signs of infection, asking anyone with the following symptoms to wait to visit, much less touch the baby, until they are better:
- A cold, the flu or an upper respiratory infection
- Diarrhea or stomach flu
- A rash of unknown cause
- A fever
- A sore throat
- Cold sores
- Any contagious condition
- Hand washing with warm water and soap or with antibacterial gel should always be done immediately before anyone touches or holds the new baby.
- To allow mom enough time for rest and required care and teaching during her brief hospital stay, we recommend that visits be limited to short periods of time (15-30 minutes).
- Often it may be best for extended family and friends to wait until mom is settled at home to visit.
- Once home, new parents should continue to screen visitors for signs of infection and make sure anyone handling the baby washes their hands first.