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Share Your Joy with Those You Love

Big sister holding babyWe know that your loved ones are an important part of this experience, and we are excited for you to share these special moments with them.

Fairfield Medical Center’s Maternity Services is a locked area for the safety and security of our moms and babies. This means visitors will need to buzz in via intercom in order to gain access to the unit.

»  Visiting hours are between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Visiting hours can be flexible at the patient’s request to accommodate deliveries that happen outside these hours.

»  All visitors must ring the doorbell at the entrance to our unit. Once the visitor provides the correct first and last name of the patient they are visiting, the locked door will be opened remotely by maternity staff. Patients have the option of requesting limited visitation.

»  One primary support person is permitted during labor and delivery. Two additional designated visitors are permitted during the labor process and recovery time (two hours post-delivery). The three visitors designated during L & D are not allowed to switch in and out. Secondary visitors are never allowed in the operating room. Only the primary support person with the matching identification band is allowed in the nursery.

»  Limited visitation is encouraged to allow for bonding, education and breastfeeding. Visitors are encouraged to step out of the room when a provider is in the patient’s room for evaluation of the infant and to provide instruction to the caregivers.

»  Visitors are NOT permitted to wait outside the door or in the hallways. Our visitor area is located at the end of the Maternity Services hallway near the nursery and adjacent to patient rooms 216 and 217. If noise volumes become too loud, visitors may be asked to wait in visitor areas outside of Maternity Services.

»  All visitors must be free from signs and symptoms of illness.

»  Siblings are welcome during normal visiting hours as long as they are healthy and accompanied by an adult other than the patient.

» During times of increased illness in the community, visitation is further limited for the health and safety of our new moms and babies.

It is always important to protect yourself from illness when pregnant. Everyone in the home should avoid contact with anyone who has been exposed to the virus or anyone with symptoms. Everyone should wash their hands frequently and thoroughly throughout the day, and surfaces in the home should be cleaned and disinfected daily.


    Current data suggests mother-to-child transmission of Coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely but, after birth, a newborn is at risk for becoming ill from contact with caregivers who are sick. A small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth; however, it is unknown if these babies got the virus before or after birth. So far, the virus has not been found in amniotic fluid or breastmilk. If you are sick and choose to breastfeed, you should wear a face mask and wash your hands before each feeding. As always, be sure you are following proper recommendations for pump washing and pump use, including washing your hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and before expressing breast milk.