Birth Partners Staying Overnight

Staying overnight with your partner and new baby can be a wonderful support for your partner as you can help her care for herself and your new born baby.

As we care about the safety, privacy and dignity of all our mothers, their babies and their families, there are some things that you could do to help:

  • If you or your family have an illness such as a cold or flu or vomiting and diarrhoea, please do not visit in order to reduce the risk of infection to others. 
  • Please make sure you wash your hands regularly and use the alcohol gel provided. 
  • Due to health and safety considerations, only one birthing partner may stay on the ward at any one time. We are sorry that children cannot stay overnight.
  • If your partner or your baby requires urgent medical attention, stay calm and let staff do what they need to do. It would be helpful to stay in the background until the situation is over and a member of staff will provide information and support both during and following any such event. 
  • To avoid embarrassment please be fully dressed appropriately at all times. Please wear shoes/slippers (nonslip) and do not walk around bare foot. 
  • Do not bed-share with your partner or sleep on the floor. Due to limited space, we are unable to provide beds, however a chair will be available.
  • Please respect the privacy and dignity of others staying on the ward. At night, please keep noise and light to a minimum so that new mothers can get as much rest as possible. We request that you do not wander around or leave the ward between 10pm and 7am as some women may find strangers wandering around uncomfortable or possibly threatening during the night.
  • Although your baby will enjoy being cuddled to settle, please do not put yourself in a position where you could doze off with your baby in an armchair as this is not safe. If you are very tired, your baby should be placed in their cot. Please ask your midwife about Safe sleeping for your baby.
  • Please ensure that all mobile telephones are switched off or on silent between the hours of 10pm and 8am. If you need to make an urgent call please used the day room on Percy Phillips.
  • You are welcome to use the designated toilets and bathroom facility, please ensure these are left as you would wish to find them. 
  • We cannot provide meals or refreshments to partners, however vending machines are located outside of the ward and the Brunel building has shops and coffee shops.
  • North Bristol NHS Trust is a smokefree site, so please do not smoke.
  • The Trust operates a zero tolerance policy on abuse towards staff and/or patients. Please respect this and allow staff to give their best care at all times. If you are asked to leave, please do so straight away. The Security Team can be called at any time to assist.
  • In exceptional/emergency circumstances the overnight stay privileges may have to be withdrawn.
  • Anyone who is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will not be permitted to stay.
  • Our staff on the ward are busy and prioritise the care they give. They may not always be available promptly. Please be patient if you require extra assistance at night time. Please alert a member of staff if help is required urgently. If you have any concerns or worries regarding your partners or baby’s welfare, please ask to speak with the midwife in charge.
  • We reserve the right to decline permission for partners or companions to enter and stay on the ward at any time if there are significant concerns that will compromise the safety of mothers, babies and staff on duty.

Thank you for all your help, support and understanding. If you have any queries or concerns regarding staying overnight please discuss with the midwife in charge.