Sharing the birth of your baby can be an exciting time for you,
your family and friends. The Birth Center at Owatonna Hospital is a
family-centered care unit and we are interested in supporting your
wishes to have visitors come see you and your baby in your private
The Birth Center is a locked unit for the safety of all
newborns. The intercom located to the left of the entrance doors
provides voice communication with the nursing desk. All visitors
need to request access to enter the unit.
The average length of stay in the Birth Center is two to three
days. This time goes by quickly. You will be recovering, learning
about your baby, and talking with your health care team. For these
reasons, the Birth Center has created the following guidelines for
Visitors designated by the patient are limited to a maximum of
Only one person designated by the mother is allowed to visit for
one hour after the birth of the baby. The health care team needs
time to assess both you and your baby. This is also a special time
for your new family to bond.
Visiting hours are between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8
p.m. Visitors allowed at this time are designated by the
The time between 1 - 3 p.m. allows new mothers to rest and be
alone with their newborn. No visitors are allowed at this time
except the baby's father or the mother's significant other.
Mothers who deliver by cesarean birth will recover in their
post-partum room. No visitors are allowed during the initial
two-hour recovery time except one person designated by the
Siblings cannot stay overnight in the mother's room. All
visiting children must be supervised by an adult other than the new
The number of visitors in a room is limited to five. A large
gathering of visitors can cause added noise and be upsetting to
other new mothers. Visitors can wait in the waiting area outside
the unit and take turns visiting in your room.
There may be a medical situation that might limit or prevent
visiting. We ask for patience and understanding if this occurs.
No visitors are allowed into the newborn nursery except for the
mother and her designated visitor. With medical staff approval,
grandparents may be allowed on a rotating basis.