The Trinity BirthPlace staff is here to help you. They want your experience to be positive and will gladly work with you to make sure you can focus on your most important job...bringing a new life into this world. You may have questions concerning visiting and other policies at Trinity BirthPlace. We hope we can answer some questions most frequently asked of us.
What are the visiting hours in Labor & Delivery?
Due to the hard physical work involved in labor, and the nature of the care given during this time, a strict limit on visitors is enforced. We do this to make sure the experience is as stress free as possible.
You may have only two visitors in your room at a time. Other visitors must wait in the room provided for that purpose, and may take turns visiting. The safety and confidentiality of all our laboring moms are top concerns of ours. Visitors standing in the halls present a safety hazard. In the fast-paced work of preparing for a delivery, our staff may need to communicate important information about a laboring patient's condition and history. Also, someone in the hallway could overhear information of a confidential nature which is something we try to avoid at all costs.
Please discuss with your physician or care team your plans for anyone that you desire to be with you during labor and/or delivery. If you would like your child/children to be present, call Trinity's My Nurse at (309) 779-2000 or toll-free at (877) 242-8899 to make arrangements to set up a special class for you and your children after discussing it with your physician.
No children under the age of 12 will be permitted in Labor & Delivery unless they are siblings of the baby.
What are the visiting hours on the Mother/Baby Care Unit?
Trinity’s Mother/Baby Care Unit has no set visiting hours, and visitors are welcome at any reasonable time. Very late and/or extremely early visitors may disturb your rest, so visiting at these times is discouraged. The delivery of a new baby is an exhausting process and your rest is very important to your recovery.
Who may visit me?
Your family and friends, who are at least 12 years old, as well as your baby's siblings, may visit.
Who may hold my baby?
What is more special than holding a tiny newborn? Anyone you choose may hold the baby after first washing their hands. Please make sure those you allow to hold your baby don't have anything contagious, like colds, cold sores or the flu.
How long will I be in the hospital?
This is difficult to answer with absolute certainty. Many insurance companies are limiting the length of stay for a normal vaginal delivery to 24 to 48 hours. If there have been complications, your doctor can arrange for a longer stay. For a Cesarean delivery, the length of stay is now generally 48 to 96 hours (two to four days).
Please share your questions and concerns with your physician. You are also welcome to call the BirthPlace with questions at (309) 779-5923.