Visitors to The BirthPlace - Labor and Delivery
To ensure the best possible care of our patients, Labor and Delivery visitation is restricted to support people only, 24 hours a day. In labor rooms patients may invite three support people, inclusive of your Care Partner. In pre-op, post-op or triage assessment areas, patients are allowed one support person. The hospital may limit or restrict visitation if there is a safety, medical or therapeutic concern.
Bridgeport Hospital uses Visitor Confirm to check in visitors. Visitors should stop by the main desk in the hospital’s lobby and use a self-serve computer to register as a visitor. Visitors will receive a temporary badge to wear during the visit. The badge should be returned to an attendant at the main lobby desk before leaving the hospital.
Parking is available in the Agnes and Ernie Kaulbach Parking Pavilion across from the main hospital entrance. Visitors can park on or near the third floor, which is reserved for visitors, and use the skywalk to enter the hospital. Visitors should bring 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. Valet parking is also available.
While we encourage visits from family and friends, we also want our patients to receive the proper care and rest necessary for their recovery. Please have visitors limit their stays to the times listed in the sections below.
Labor and Delivery Hours
Labor and Delivery allows the birth partner to visit 24 hours a day. While you are in a labor room, you may have three support people, which includes your birth partner. Support people may switch during your stay in Labor and Delivery. You are allowed one support person while you are being examined in triage, preoperatively and in the post-op area.
Children under the age of 15 are not permitted to visit while you are in Labor and Delivery. Children under the age of 15 who will be attending the birth must present their certificate from the “Family at Birth” sibling preparation class. These children must have an adult, who is not the birth partner, with them who can chaperone the child (children) if they are asked to leave the labor room for procedures. It is also recommended that you discuss your plans with your doctor and/or midwife before coming to the hospital in labor.
Additional family and friends are welcome to stay in the waiting room until mother
and baby are transferred to the Women’s Care Center.
Visitors to Women's Care Center - Postpartum
General visiting hours are 11 am - 8 pm. The care partner may visit 24 hours a day. Brothers and sisters of the new baby may visit 11 am - 8 pm. Grandparents may make their first visit at any time. Other visits must be during regular visiting hours.
Birth is a family experience at Bridgeport Hospital. The care partner is welcome in your hospital room at any time. One visitor is welcome to spend the night if they wish and must be 18 years of age or older. There is chair in the room that converts into a bed and blankets can be provided by nursing if necessary. The Care Partner should bring their own toiletries.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NBICU)
Parents of the baby/babies are welcome 24 hours a day. Other visitors are welcome at any time from 8 am - 8 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 unit 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 requests 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)
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.