At Bolivar Medical Center, we believe that childbirth is a family experience. We make accommodations to be sure the friends and family you'd like to be there can share in the experience.
Remember that labor can be very overwhelming and emotional, and to provide the safest delivery it is best to limit visitors to only those there to provide support. We ask that you choose only two individuals to be present in the actual delivery.
The Women's Care Center Birthing Center permits 24-hour visitation for your primary support people. All other visitors should follow the hospital visitation policy. Your new baby's siblings may visit with an adult. Please let your family know that no other children under 14 years old are allowed in the Birthing Center. This includes babies being held and in strollers. Anyone sick or recently exposed (within the past three weeks) to an infectious disease (such as chicken pox) should not visit the Birthing Center.
Labor and Deliver Room
No more than 2 visitors are allowed at a time. The staff may request that fewer visitors stay, depending on the conditions of your baby. Visitors also may be asked to step out if you'd like them to or to provide care.
One to two visitors may be present at the time of your baby's birth.
After Your Baby is Born
You will need some time to physically and emotionally recover from labor and delivery. Following your baby's birth, you will be able to be together to bond and get to know each other. Your baby will then go to the Nursery to be measured and weighed. After your doctor completes your care following delivery and your baby has been examined and foot printed (for security purposes), your support person will be able to hold your baby. You may stay for an hour or two in the Labor and Delivery Room, your nurse will check on you during your recovery. Then you well be transferred to a Postpartum Room where your family and friends can visit with you.
For your convenience, there are phones in the Birthing Suites as well as the Postpartum Rooms. Our staff will get messages to you, however protecting your confidentiality we will not give out information regarding you or your baby.
To make outgoing calls, dial 9 and the area code. Regional and long distance calls require a calling card or operator assistance. Public phone are located in the main lobby. Remember, cell phones cannot be used in the Birthing Center.