Family-centered care is the focus at Palos Community Hospital. We believe that families -- not just babies -- are born here. Our goal is to meet the needs and wishes of the families and to keep Mom and baby safe.
The Family Birth Center has an open family visiting policy so that separation between Mom and the older siblings is reduced and family members are able to provide support to the parents while in the hospital. To ensure that the new mother’s needs for rest and private time with the baby are met, visitors are encouraged to check with the mother to see when there is a good time to visit.
Family may visit the expectant mom while in labor, and if she wishes, attend the birth. Collaboration occurs between the patient, nursing management and the physician for the number of family members in attendance at birth.
Siblings are supervised by an adult other than the mom, and are not left unattended during visits. Siblings planning to attend the birth are prepared for the experience. Children present for the birth are accompanied by an adult, other than the father/significant other, whose primary role is to help the siblings understand what is occurring and remove them from the birthing room if circumstances necessitate.
For babies born the Cesarean way, the father or primary support person can participate in the joyous event in the Cesarean birth suite.
At Palos, we celebrate the Golden Hour, the first hour of the newborn's life when the new parents get to know and bond with their baby. Other family members are welcome to visit following the Golden Hour after mom and the baby have had time to rest from the big event.
The father or the primary support person is encouraged to remain with the mother and infant 24 hours a day.
Visitors should enter the hospital through the main entrance from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and through the Physician’s Office/Emergency Department entrance from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The visiting family members should be well (free of infectious illness) and wash their hands upon entering the patient’s room and before having contact with the baby. The Family Lounge in the Family Birth Center is a comfortable place for family to relax when not visiting the new mother and baby in the patient’s room.
Care of the patients in our Behavioral Health Department is distinct and designed to ensure optimal care. For that reason, the visiting hours are also distinct. Our visiting hours are planned around the schedule of therapeutic activities. We believe that involving those significant others whose support strengthens our patients and helps prepare them for discharge and ongoing recovery.
Visiting times are: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
Two visitors are allowed at a time. Overnight visitors and visiting inpatient rooms is not allowed. Children, under the age of 12, must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and may only visit for 30 minutes during Sunday/Holiday visiting hours.