Patient Guide

Maternity visitors

The Salem Health Family Birth Center lives up to its name — we are family-centered! Care and services are designed to help your loved ones celebrate this happy event with you.  

Because of the sensitive nature of newborn immune systems, however, and to prevent child abductions, we have special rules for visitors.

The entrance is locked at 9 p.m., so you need to enter through the emergency department (Building A) and check in with security. they will escort you over to the Family Birth Center.

General visiting guidelines

  • Dads, primary support people, siblings of the newborn, grandparents and clergy may visit at any time.

  • Mom’s main support person (adult) is welcome to be with her any time of the day or night.

  • Children under age 12 must be supervised by an adult other than the mother throughout the mother’s hospital stay.

  • Visitors exposed to known communicable diseases or showing signs of illness (fever, cough, etc.) are asked not to visit.

  • Visitation may be limited or expanded at the health care provider’s or nurse’s discretion, taking into consideration the mom’s condition and preference.

  • Cover gowns and masks are available if needed.

Labor and delivery visiting guidelines

  • Women in labor are asked to limit their support team to three people. Discuss this with your health care provider and let your nurse know your plans when you are admitted.

  • Hallways must be kept clear for safety. Visitors are asked to wait in designated waiting areas.

Mother-baby unit visiting guidelines

  • Once the mother is admitted to the mother-baby unit, visitors are encouraged to visit during regular hospital visiting hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Only people with numbered ID bracelets may move the baby out of the mother’s room.  Generally, the baby should remain with the mother in her room.

NICU visiting guidelines

For safety reasons, visits to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are discouraged. Please speak to the baby’s parents before considering a visit. Call the NICU at 503-814-3556 for visitor rules and guidelines. 

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