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Swine Flu and Newborn Babies

Would You Limit Hospital Visitors Due to Swine Flu?

Check those germs at the door! While the nation's schools and doctors' offices prepare for the flu season to begin, hospitals around the country are weighing the possibility of limiting visitors to the maternity ward.

The two largest hospital networks in Des Moines, IA are considering limiting new parents' visitors to immediate family over the age of 14. The proposed rules would exclude young children, grandparents and friends from celebrating with recovering mamas in the hours and days immediately following a wee one's birth.

The Centers for Disease Control have deemed expectant moms and newborns to be most at risk for contracting the H1N1 virus, and this move would provide the two groups with added levels of protection. Would you support a ban on hospital visitors to reduce your chance of contracting the virus?

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Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 7 years
Why would you WANT your older kids coming to a hospital during a pandemic anyway? Can't you just freaking wait and let them meet when you get home?
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Yes
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
Not literally a list, but those welcome and not should know well before hand.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
I think it should be entirely up to the mother who she wants to allow a first meet & greet of her new baby. And that this list of visitors should be established according to hospital policies before the due date so that all friends & family are on the same page and there are no surprise unwelcomes.
Moms Moms 7 years
We have a large family and network of friends that came to visit us in the hospital when our daughter and son were born. It made the experience really fun, but they also all have the common sense not to come if they are ill. I'm due any day and will again welcome all healthy visitors.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
It's a pity the children of your family and relatives are so poorly mannered, but wiping noses on bedsheets and running around yelling is not the normal behavior in a hospital visiting a new baby. Perhaps you should place the blame on their parents, and not insinuate all kids are animals and unable to behave themselves. For the longer stays, it would be a pain to not have even grandparents visit, as the article states, i know i would have hated staying in the sterile hospital with no visitors for nearly 4 days.
alikat07 alikat07 7 years
I'm due (actually past due) any day now. My only request is that immediate family postpone meeting the baby if they are feeling sick. My SIL has a cold and plans to visit only after she has recovered. In terms of having a policy to limit visitors, I don't see the problem of limiting it to immediate family (which includes grandparents!)
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Yeah, I was going to point out how important it is to have the other siblings meet the baby in the hospital. I wouldn't ever agree to no siblings, and honestly i dont agree with limiting other visitors either, ESPECIALLY the grandparents. They should set up a scrubbing station like in the NICU and leave it at that.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
Oh, and I don't care what they say....my 13 year old son would be there regardless. He will not have to wait to meet his brother or sister. I will put up a big fight over that one.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
Of course the main focus here will be the health of me and my new baby. I am due on New Years Day. But I don't need to be happy about it. I loved having lots of people come to the hospital when I had my first son and the thought of not that many people coming, especially my Mom and my nephew, would make me very sad.
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