and long are parents allowed to be with the baby?
It is important for the parents to have contact with the
hospitalized baby. Even if they can only visit once a day or
less, baby benefits from hearing the motherís and fatherís
voices and feeling their touch. It may be difficult to visit
as often as the parents would like if the mother is
recuperating from the birth or if the family has other
children whose needs must be taken into consideration. Some
hospitals have accommodations for parents either in the
hospital or nearby. Parents will need to check with their
insurance company to see if these arrangements are covered.
Many hospitals and medical professionals are increasingly
supportive of the parentsí need to form an attachment to
their baby and encourage closeness with the baby by regular
visits where parents can touch and stroke baby, talk to him
using his name, and sometimes help with babyís care.
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