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The Birthplace: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are visiting hours?

A: At The Birthplace, visiting hours are 8:00am until 8:00pm One “significant other” is encouraged to stay with the new mother while she is in the hospital, so for this individual, visiting hours would be unlimited. When the initial assessment is complete, routine visitation in The Birthplace will be as follows:

  • Visitors should be 12 years of age or older.
  • Only two visitors per room (in addition to banded significant other).
  • Visitors must show proof of ID (i.e., driver’s license) and give this ID to the security guard located in the lobby of JFK Medical Center.
  • Visitors will be given a “Visitor Pass” to wear while visiting.
  • Visitors may be asked to limit their visits based on mom’s condition. Visitors are encouraged to limit their visits to give mom and baby time to get to know each other and prepare for going home. We observe a “Quiet Time” period for mom and baby from 1:00-3:00 pm every day, at which time we ask that visitors and staff keep noise levels low to give mom and baby quiet time together.

Q: Will I stay in this room for my entire stay?

A: The Birthplace is where you will labor, deliver and spend a one to two hour

recovery period in the room. You will then be transferred to our Mother/Baby Suites for the rest of your stay.

Q: May I walk during labor?

A: Walking is permitted during spontaneous labor, at the discretion of your physician and labor nurse.

Q: How many people can I have with me for delivery?

A: You are allowed to have three support people with you for your labor and delivery. If you have a cesarean section delivery, you are allowed to have one support person with you in the operating room.

Q: Are my children allowed to stay?

A: Children are not allowed in The Birthplace room during labor, unless they are older and are designated labor support people. If the child is less than 12 years old, an adult must be present in the waiting room to be responsible for the child. Healthy siblings of the new baby will be allowed to briefly visit in The Birthplace room after delivery. They are also allowed to visit during visiting hours on the Mother/Baby Suites, but may not spend the night.

Q: How long will I be in the hospital?

A: The average stay for uncomplicated vaginal deliveries is 48 hours after the time of delivery. Mothers who deliver by cesarean section usually stay 48 to 72 hours.

Q: How long will I be in labor?

A: The length of labor is different for every pregnancy. It is hard to determine just how long it will last, but it rarely lasts more than 24 hours. Most labors last approximately 10 to 14 hours.

Q: Can I eat or drink?

A: This depends on what stage of labor you are in and your physician’s orders. After you are admitted and are in active labor, you will be allowed ice chips only. This is mainly because the digestive system slows down during labor and having food and liquids in the stomach may cause nausea and vomiting.