Massachusetts General Hospital nurses, doctors and staff want your labor and delivery to be as safe as possible. We also want your family and friends to support you during this time. Our visitor policy helps us meet all of your labor and delivery needs.

Enterovirus D-68: Temporary visitor restrictions

As of September 2014, Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) has been confirmed in Massachusetts. To limit the spread of EV-D68, Massachusetts General Hospital has established the following temporary visitor restrictions on the obstetrics (OB) units, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pediatric inpatient units and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU):

  • Only immediate family members may visit (including patient’s spouse or significant other, parent, guardian or sibling)
  • No children under the age of 16 are permitted to visit

Please do not visit a patient in the hospital if you or someone you live with is displaying symptoms. In addition, we strongly encourage leaving children at home when coming in for a prenatal visit.

When you are in labor

  • You can have up to 3 people with you
  • They must be the same three people the entire time
  • We will give them wristbands so we know who they are. Only visitors with wristbands can stay with you
  • Your children can stay with you. An adult must care for them in case they need to leave the room. Your children count towards the 3 person limit
  • If you have a Cesarean delivery, one person may stay with you in the operating room

After your baby’s delivery

  • One person may stay with you for the first hour after you give birth
  • This is a special time for you and your baby
  • We will be checking up on you and baby often. It is also a good time to breastfeed for the first time

On the Newborn Family Unit

  • All family and friends can visit
  • Visiting hours are 24 hours a day
  • However, we suggest that you rest and do not have visitors during 'quiet time' from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm each day

 

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Michele O'Hara, RN, Nursing Director, at 617-724-1878