When Your Baby Has to Stay
We are aware that some families would like to stay in the hospital, near their baby. While California Pacific makes every effort to provide these accommodations, we are unable to meet the needs of all our families. The rooms that we use for parents to “room-in” are patient rooms and only available if they are not needed for patients or other hospital purposes.
There is no charge for these rooms. However, there is no guarantee of a room because the need for patient rooms varies from day to day. We are unable to reserve rooms prior to the day the room is needed. The hospital reserves the right to request the room back at any time, if needed. Room assignments and prioritization is determined by the Perinatal Social Worker during normal business hours and by the Hospital Nursing Supervisor during off-hours and weekends.
Since individuals who are rooming-in are not hospital patients, they must provide for their own needs. We provide no nursing or medical care, supplies or meals and no facilities other than those in the room itself. Nursing unit amenities like microwaves and refrigerators are not for use by families who are rooming-in. Housekeeping services are not available on a daily basis. The hospital is not responsible for personal property left unattended. Parents are encouraged to leave any personal property of value at home.
Hospital personnel are unable to take messages for callers wishing to get in touch with parents who are rooming-in. Since you are not listed in the hospital census, operators may tell callers that you have been discharged and the room you are in is vacant. We strongly recommend that families who are rooming-in consider alternative means of communication (for example, beeper, cell phone or voicemail). The direct phone number for each room is located on a plaque on the wall of each room.
All rooming-in families are expected to actively participate in the care of their child, including evening and nighttime involvement.
Breastfeeding mothers should arrange for private breast pump rental if they would like a pump in their own room. This can be arranged through Newborn Connections at 3698 California Street (Phone 600-BABY). There are also breast pumps available in the Newborn ICU and Transitional Care Nursery (TCN) breastfeeding rooms. These are hospital-owned pumps which are for general use and must remain on these units.
Siblings are encouraged to visit, however, for security reasons, will not be permitted to stay in the room with the rooming-in parents. Unfortunately, this includes the twin of a child currently hospitalized.
Thank you for your understanding of these regulations. We value all the love and caring you are providing to your baby.
The Women and Infants Staff
California Pacific Medical Center