Are Children Allowed To See Their New Sibling In The Hospital?
Whether or not children are allowed to see their new sibling in the hospital depends on any number of factors. In general, there is no reason that a child would not be allowed to see their new sibling in the hospital. Having said that, there are cases, such as when the new sibling may have a serious health problem or need special sorts of care, when children may not be allowed to see their new sibling, at least not right away after they are born. In addition, whether or not children are allowed in the birthing room to observe the birth depends on any number of factors, as well. In many hospitals and birthing centers it may be all right for a children to be allowed to their new sibling’s birth, assuming that there is a responsible adult (other than the mother who is giving birth) in attendance. In other locations, it may not be allowed at all.
There may be other reasons why children may not be allowed to see their new sibling in the hospital. For example, the new sibling’s immune system may not be fully developed, or the older child may have a virus or another condition that the new sibling might be exposed to. Still, even in these cases, some accommodations can usually be made for children to be allowed to see their new sibling in the hospital, even if it is only viewing them from the other side of the nursery glass.
If it is at all possible, children should be allowed to see their new sibling in the hospital. This practice provides a number of advantages for the new big brother or big sister. First of all, it allows the children to meet their new sibling in a setting outside of the home. While you can tell a child for several months that they are going to have a new sibling, for many children it doesn’t really become real for them until after they see their new sibling. Allowing them to see their new sibling in the hospital helps them to grasp this reality before they have to begin sharing living space with the new sibling.
To find out if your children will be allowed to see their new sibling in the hospital, speak with your health care provider or with the hospital or birthing center at which you will be having the baby.