COVID-19 UPDATED VISITING POLICY:
An exception to our main visitors policy for the CARE Center for Family Birth and Women’s Health (Labor and Delivery plus Post-Partum Recovery Only) – ONE healthy adult visitor (support person) will be permitted to stay on campus 24/7. Only the banded support person can remain during off hours and overnight.
We will allow visitors to “switch out” once patients arrive to their Postpartum room on 5E, still only allowing one visitor at a time and during the hospital visiting hours of 12pm-6pm.
The COVID-19 Hospital Visitor Policy is intended to provide additional safeguards for our patients, families, visitors and caregivers by decreasing exposure to individuals who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Due to the changing nature of COVID-19’s presence in the United States, this policy will be revised accordingly in response to circumstances. Washington Health System staff members reserve the right to deny or limit visitation in the interest of patient safety.
Meals will be provided for your support person, however they are now able to use the cafeteria if preferred. For the safety of you and the patients on this unit, we require all guests to present photo identification when visiting the CARE Center for Family Birth and Women’s Health. The unit will be locked at all times and your support person will need to check-in to receive a visitor’s access badge. We will retain their ID during the visit and when the unit badge is returned they will receive their identification back.
Our staff members are available 24 hours a day. They are skilled in caring for you and your baby during labor and delivery and your recovery period. Even after your discharge from the hospital our staff is available to answer questions by phone. Explanations and educational videos are offered to all mothers on a variety of topics, such as breastfeeding, formula preparation and feeding, diapering, bathing, and car seat safety.
We offer prenatal classes to expectant parents on these subjects as well. For a class schedule and more information please call (724) 223-3173. During this time we are also offering free online education at: www2.customizedinc.com/childbirtheducation. You can also access the same Newborn Channel programs offered at the WHS CARE Center for Family Birth and Women’s Health by going to www.thenewbornchannelnow.com/ with passcode 02915. Additionally, our lactation consultant is available for phone or outpatient consult as needed. You can also utilize the interactive website adaptation of the Ready, Set, Baby curriculum. This website allows expectant parents to prepare for their breastfeeding journey. The website was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.