Great River Women and Family Center Changes Visiting Policy

January 25, 2010

Great River Medical Center's Women and Family Center has changed its visiting policy for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics units. The changes were made to support infection-control and patient-safety recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The visiting policy changes for the two units are:

Obstetrics Unit

  • Visiting hours are unrestricted for fathers, spouses, or partners and grandparents. No other visitors will be allowed.
  • The newborn's healthy siblings may visit during normal visiting hours. "Healthy" means the sibling has not had a fever or chills, a cough or sore throat, a runny nose, body aches, headaches, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting for at least 48 hours. Siblings cannot stay overnight with the mother.
  • Visitors are restricted to two people during labor.
  • Only one visitor may stay with a patient in the Early Labor Lounge for privacy protection.

Pediatrics Unit

  • Visiting is unrestricted for parents, guardians and foster parents, and for grandparents with patient permission.
  • The patient's healthy siblings may visit during normal visiting hours. No other children 14 and under may visit patients.
  • Only parents or grandparents may visit if the patient is in isolation. Siblings will not be allowed to visit.
  • Minor visitors or siblings may not stay overnight.