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Your Baby and the Nursery

In order for you and your baby to get to know each other, we encourage you to come to the NICU as soon and as often as possible. Seeing the NICU for the first time can be scary. The equipment and sounds may seem confusing, but within time, you will become more familiar with the surroundings.

Parents are welcome to come into the nursery to see their babies at any time, day or night. In addition, your baby’s brothers and sisters are also welcome to come into the nursery. However, please keep in mind that you are responsible for supervising your other children while in the NICU. Because of space limitations, one visitor at a time, accompanied by a parent or specified significant other, is invited at the bedside to see your baby. Your clergy or the hospital chaplain may come to the nursery to baptize your baby if you wish. To protect the privacy of other babies and their families, we kindly ask that you stay at your baby’s bedside. The privacy and respect of other families is appreciated.

Make sure you remove jewelry and wrist watches before touching your baby. There is hand sanitizer beside every bed. Refrain from touching your clothing, hair or face after scrubbing, because you may contaminate your hands. Also, make sure that no one who visits your baby is sick or has a cold. Even a simple cold can cause major problems for a small baby. These precautions will help to protect your baby from possible germs and bacteria.

Coats may be left on the hooks in the nursery, but please remember to take purses and valuables with you. For your convenience, lockers are available for storing valuables. Place your coat, purse and valuables away before you scrub your hands.

Many families like to bring a special object from home; we ask that it be washable. Your baby’s vision has not yet fully developed; therefore, black and white or high contrast objects should be avoided while your baby is in the NICU. You may want to bring a family picture to place next to your baby’s bed.

Remember that the nicest thing for your baby to hear, see or feel is you! We encourage you to touch, hold and talk to your baby as much as he or she wants.

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