Children's of Mississippi provides a family-friendly environment at its newborn facilities. The medical staff at Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants encourages your visitation and participation.
We are committed to accommodating the special needs of your baby and your family. The following guidelines have been developed to provide the best care for your baby while ensuring a safe, efficient and orderly visit.
A complete packet of visitation information will be given to the mother upon her admittance to the hospital.
"Quiet time" is observed at 3:30-4:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day to give our patients time for uninterrupted rest. Calls and visits should be limited so babies can receive skin-on-skin time or special holding/bonding time.
Staff is available to provide parents or their designee with updates about their babies. An ID number is required before the caller can be connected to the baby's nurse or provider.
Cell phone conversations are prohibited in the Newborn Center, and phones should be kept on silent or vibe mode. Please wash your hands before touching your baby after handling your phone. We ask that you not handle your cell phone while holding your baby.
Visitors must wash their hands up to above the elbows for 3 minutes with the soap provided upon entering a nursery. Alcohol foam is provided at each baby's bedside. Use the foam whenever you touch anything other than your baby or their station, such as your face, mouth, chair, etc.
Wear a gown over your clothing while you hold your baby.
Parents who want to take pictures of their baby must check with the nurse on duty. A photograph consent form must be signed prior to taking pictures.
The NICU is located on the first floor of the Wiser Hospital and the Intermediate Care Nursery/Newborn Nursery is located on the third floor of the Wiser Hospital. Visitors may park in Garage B, where they will receive a parking ticket. There is a walkway connecting the top floor of the garage to the first floor of the Wiser Hospital, where the NICU is located.
Parking tickets will be validated by the front desk staff for parents and legal guardians only.
Three-day, weekly and monthly discounted parking pass can be purchased from 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Business Office (first floor of University Hospital) and Batson Children's Hospital. They can be purchased 24 hours/7 days a week at Wiser Registration Office (room W029-A). Passes also can be purchased in the Pediatric Emergency Department after hours.
Free parking for the hospitals is available at Veterans Memorial Stadium across the street from the main entrance to University Hospital (North State Street). A free shuttle bus runs from the stadium lot to campus.
The nursery social work office is on the same floor as the NICU. They are especially helpful in dealing with the stress of having a sick baby.