- All visitors must check in at the front desk and have a picture ID. A few of them will then receive a tag that allows guests admittance to the 2nd floor (L&D)
- Pre-Labor: only 3 visitors at a time. In the mean time everyone else has to wait in the main lobby on the first floor.
- During Labor: only 2 people will be allowed to stay for the whole labor, and one of those people has to be the coach (Caleb).
- Post-Labor: Visiting hours will be in effect as soon as the mother is taken to her post labor recovery room. Hours are from 9am-9pm. That means not even Caleb will be allowed to stay if we have the baby at 2 in the morning.
- Right after Labor the mother and father are given at least one hour of bonding time with the baby (that's cool for us). Then the baby is taken to the nursery, and the mother is allowed 1 1/2 hours to recover before visitors are allowed upstairs. So that's 2 1/2 hours after the baby is born, before we can show him off.
- The good news (i guess) is that, if all is going well mothers are released within 24 hours or less. Also, the baby is kept in the mother's room during our entire stay. So if we have him during normal visiting hours he will always be around when people visit.
So we know that with as much family as Caleb and I both have this whole process is not going to go the way the thought it would. The good news is, if we have a normal delivery and are released in the first 24 hours, then we are just going to encourage most people to meet us at our home to see the baby. Basically it will be the baby's first birthday party.
I just thought of a plan! if I have the baby at 7 in the morning then by the time people are allowed to see him it will be a little after 9am. So then everyone will have the whole day to visit and by 7 the next day I will be going home. What a great plan!!