Comfort and Care
Safe and Secure
Providence Hospital takes special precautions to make sure your baby is safe and to prevent infant abduction:
- Identification Bracelets – Your baby has two identification bracelets with numbers that match the ones on your bracelet. These numbers will be verified with you as they are placed on your baby in the delivery room. The father, significant other or coach is also given a matching band stating that this is the only other person who may pick up the infant from the nursery. Do not remove your baby’s identification bands or the ones you are wearing. Please remind your spouse or significant other not to cut his band off. We will not give a newborn to anyone without a band on his or her wrist. If the bands loosen or come off, please tell your nurse. Make sure you check your baby’s I.D. bracelet EVERY TIME your newborn is taken to the nursery and brought back to you.
- Security Transmitter – Your newborn will also have a security transmitter placed on his or her ankle for safety. If someone tries to remove the transmitter from the baby’s ankle, the elevators and stairs are locked down. Do not open, remove or tamper with this transmitter! If for some reason the transmitter becomes soiled, loose or disconnected, please let your nurse know immediately.
- Badges – A staff member will need to return your baby to the nursery at certain times for nursing assessments, procedures and physical examinations but you should not allow anyone without the proper identification to remove your baby from your room. All Maternity staff will be wearing Providence Hospital I.D. badge with a pink stripe.
- Bassinet Card – A bassinet card is located at the head of the baby’s bassinet. Keep this card there until the baby goes home.
- Watchful Eyes – Never leave your baby unattended. When you use the bathroom, please take the baby with you, or have family, friends or your nurse watch him/her for you. When taking a shower or leaving the floor, call a staff member for assistance if no family member is available to watch your infant
Special Quiet Time hours throughout the Labor and Delivery unit ensure uninterrupted time for you to rest, feed and bond with your baby amid calm and peaceful surroundings. Be sure to ask friends and family to schedule their visits before or after Quiet Time hours which are daily from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.