Your Baby's Safety
At Women’s Hospital, your baby’s safety, health and well-being is a high priority. We encourage you to take an active part in protecting your baby.
To ensure the safety of your newborn, we ask you review and follow these important steps:
Do not remove the identification bracelets issued to you, your support person or your baby.
- Always make sure your bracelet numbers match your baby’s numbers each time your baby is given to you.
- Do not remove or give your identification bracelet to anyone. Everyone issued a bracelet should leave it on until the baby is discharged.
- If for some reason a bracelet is removed, falls off or is damaged, contact your nurse immediately.
- Our infant security system includes a tag that will be placed on your baby shortly after birth. The tag must stay on your baby until discharge.
Check for proper identification before giving your baby to anyone.
- All of our hospital personnel who have permission to transport your baby must wear an identification name tag that reads in pink “Baby Safe Carrier” as part of their pictured hospital identification badge.
- Feel free to ask to see the picture on the badge to make sure the person and the picture match.
- Do not give your infant to anyone who does not have “Baby Safe Carrier” written on his or her picture identification badge.
Get Familiar with Staff
Familiarize yourself with the hospital personnel who work in the maternity/newborn area.
- Only hospital personnel with the identification described above have any reason to take your baby anywhere.
- Other staff who may come into your room include housekeeping, dietary and lab personnel. Occasionally, volunteers may deliver flowers or mail, or to take your baby’s picture.
- Anyone who takes your baby from your room will have a nametag that says “Baby Safe Carrier.”
Don't Leave Baby Unsupervised
Never leave your baby unsupervised.
- Place your baby on his or her back in the crib to sleep.
- Do not go to sleep with your baby in your hospital bed. This will protect your baby from falling or accidental harm.
- Always transport your baby in his or her crib. Do not carry your baby in the hallway. Report anyone carrying an infant around the hospital to any hospital employee.
- Wheeled cribs need to be pushed or pulled lengthwise, not sideways. If you are unsure, feel free to ask for a demonstration or assistance.
Share Visitation Guidelines
Share our visitation guidelines with family and friends.
- Your newborn must remain in the mother/baby area of the hospital. Do not take babies to the gift shop, vending area, etc.
- For added safety, the number of visitors in a room at one time is limited based on the patient’s location. For example, in the mother/baby unit, limit the number of visitors to five.
- Each patient’s healthcare team determines visiting hours in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. When permitted, visitors are limited to three per family.
- For the safety of everyone, brothers and sisters of the baby must remain with parents or another responsible adult who is not the patient. Children may not be left unattended in waiting rooms or lobby areas.
- All visitors should wash their hands before handling infants. All visitors should use alcohol hand gel when entering and exiting the hospital.
- Guests with a fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, diarrhea or other signs of illness should not visit. This protects you and your baby.
- If a child has been exposed to a communicable disease such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, etc., inform your nurse so that your newborn’s doctor can be consulted before the child visits with the baby.
- Visitors must wear their hospital-issued photo ID badge at all times during their visit. Visitors must “scan out” at the visitor’s desk when leaving.
- Guests should keep visits brief so you can rest comfortably and recuperate.
- Because of allergies, latex balloons are not allowed in Cone Health hospitals.
Feel free to question anyone who comes into your room.
- If you feel unsure about anyone who comes in to check your baby or to ask about your baby, feel free to call the nurses’ station.
- Always check for the “Baby Safe Carrier” identification nametag, and remember, it is your right to question anyone who comes in your room.
Safety When Heading Home
When you and your baby go home, be safe!
- We recommend that you forgo using outdoor decorations such as balloons or wooden storks to announce your baby’s arrival.