Parking is available in our Agnes and Ernie Kaulbach Parking Pavilion across from the main entrance. Visitors can park on or near the third floor, which is reserved for visitors, and use the skywalk to enter the hospital. Visitors need to take their parking ticket with them into the hospital. At the end of their visit, visitors must stop at the parking desk in the main lobby to pay for parking. A paid ticket will open the gate to leave the parking garage.
While we encourage visits from family and friends, our primary concern is that our patients receive the proper care and rest necessary for their recovery. Please have visitors limit their stays to the following times:
Labor & Delivery
Labor & Delivery does not allow visitors, however we do allow support persons 24 hours a day. While you are in Labor & Delivery, you may have a maximum of three support persons while in a birthing room. Upon arrival you will be asked to identify your support persons (as indicated on the form at the front of this booklet). Support persons will receive a wrist band identifying them as a visitor.
You are allowed one support person while being evaluated in triage, preoperatively and in the post-op area. Visiting children under the age of 15 must be present their certificate from the sibling birth preparation class and must be accompanied by an adult that can chaperone the child if asked to leave the labor room for procedures. Grandparents without visitor bands are welcome to stay in the waiting room until delivery.
Women’s Care Center (after your baby is born)
Approximately one hour after you deliver you will go to your room in the Women's Care Center. If it is during regular Visiting Hours (10:00 am - 8:00 pm) you are welcome to have visitors. Visitors are limited to four in a room. The visiting policy is for your comfort and safety of your baby. Your cooperation with these guidelines will help make your stay and that of our other patients more relaxing and comfortable. Father of the new baby/significant other may visit 24 hours a day. Brothers and sisters of the new baby may visit 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Grandparents may make their first visit at any time and then are welcome to visit during regular visiting hours.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NBICU)
Parents of the baby/babies are welcome 24 hours a day. Grandparents are welcome any time but are preferred 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Other visitors are welcome at any time, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, with parents of the infant(s). Brothers and sisters of the baby/babies must show proof of chicken pox (varicella) vaccine. (Please have the pediatrician’s office fax directly to the NBICU at (203) 384-4962.) For more information, please speak with NBICU staff.
If special circumstances make it difficult for your family members and/or friends to observe our visiting guidelines, we will do our best to accommodate your needs and wishes. Please discuss any special request with your nurse.
Please also assist us in keeping our patients well by asking your friends and family members not to visit, or remain in the waiting area, if they have any symptoms of a cold or diarrhea, or have recently been exposed to any of the following:
- chicken pox
- rubella (German measles)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
Birth is a family experience at Bridgeport Hospital. The father/significant other of the new baby is welcome in your hospital room at any time. Those wishing to spend the night are asked to make themselves comfortable in the convertible chair/bed. Blankets can be provided by the nursing staff if necessary, but the father/significant other should prepare for an overnight stay by bringing toiletries, comfortable clothes and pillows.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to help keep colds or infection from your newborn baby. Everyone should wash their hands thoroughly before touching the baby.
In addition to soap and water, we encourage using an alcohol-based hand gel, such as Purell, to clean your hands. Dispensers are mounted on the wall outside every patient room. If your hands are visibly dirty, you should use soap and water to clean them.
Our Gift Shop in the hospital lobby offers flowers, greeting cards, magazines, clothing for baby and adults, pacifiers, infant toys and much more.