I saw a reply to a post that mentioned this, so I thought I would post it for everyone to see for themselves:
I am questioning it too...I actually called Fair Oaks and they said something along the lines of: ?Only 2 adult visitors will be allowed at any time, they don't have to be related to patient.
It seems conflicting to what I read earlier. ??
As with PP, I was confused as well. I called Fairfax INOVA yesterday afternoon to confirm. They told me that spouse (or birthing partner) and grandparents are allowed. Only if they do not have flu like symptoms. Also, they may be required to wear a mask.
I was just at my midwife appointment, and the midwife I met with called the one who is currently at the hospital, who had just met with the administrator at INOVA Alexandria. The message I got is you can have ONE person (e.g., spouse) in L&D and the post-partum unit. They cannot switch off, so you can't have your DH and then switch to have your mom for an hour or two.
We called the hospital, and the patient relations person said there had been an exercise in the area regarding H1N1 preparedness for area hospitals, and that all the area hospitals will be implementing similar policies over the next week. I'm hoping everyone will express their concerns to get these policies modified so that you can maybe have TWO people with you (until tomorrow, it has been five), or at least allow spouse and parent/sibling of the mother. No siblings of the baby, it sounds like.
I'm 40w3d, so I'm quite stressed out about this. My mom is here, and right now they won't be letting her anywhere near me at the hospital at all.
I talked with my OB this morning about my delivery at INOVA Alexandria next week and was told that the only people who would be able to see the baby before he is released from the hospital are DH and I. The only person who will be allowed up to my room in the mother/baby unit will be DH.
He said that there is a chance, but not guarantee that I will be able to be brought down to the lobby in a wheelchair, and that I could have my two-year old daughters come to the lobby and see them there, so I don't have to go several days without seeing them. But that I definetly won't be able to bring the baby down to the lobby for them to meet their new brother.