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FAQs
What steps are taken to ensure the safety and security of my baby? 

The Family Birthplace takes great effort to ensure the safety and security of your precious new infant with measures that include:
  • A sophisticated security system.
  • Video cameras throughout the maternity unit.
  • Uniquely coded security bracelets for you and your baby.
  • Staff who wear color-coded uniforms and photo ID badges for easy identification.

Can my support person stay overnight? 

Yes, we encourage one support person to stay with you. Your support person must be at least 18 years of age unless the father of the baby.

How many people are allowed to be in the room during labor and delivery?

No more than three people are permitted with mom during labor and delivery.

What is your visiting policy? 

Introducing visitors to your new baby can be exciting. However, moms and babies also need time to rest and bond with one another.

  • Visiting hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Siblings of any age may visit with adult supervision.
  • All other visitors must be at least 12 years of age.
  • A family waiting room with a television and vending machine is located in The Family Birthplace, just outside of the maternity unit.
  • Please ask visitors who are sick or have a fever, cough or runny nose not to visit.

What about food/meals during my stay? 

  • The Family Birthplace provides a Hostess Program where moms can order three meals per day based on their dietary needs and preferences.
  • A meal tray for your support person may also be ordered through the hostess for just $5 each. This allows the support person to enjoy meals with mom without leaving the room to purchase food elsewhere.
  • A Subway Restaurant is conveniently located onsite, just down the hall from the maternity suite.
  • Overlook Café, located on the hospital's ground floor, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Java Express coffee bar, located in the main lobby, serves delicious coffee drinks and pastries.

How do I receive my baby's birth certificate?

The hospital will collect information from you for your baby's birth certificate. We send this information to the Maryland Division of Vital Records, who will then issue a birth registration notice to you within four to six weeks of your baby's birth.This is NOT an official birth certificate; it is only a confirmation that your child's birth certificate is on file at the Division of Vital Records.

To obtain an official birth certificate, you will need to contact:

Maryland Division of Vital Records
Reisterstown Road Plaza
6550 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215

Phone: 800-832-3277
Website: www.vsa.state.md.us

or

Carroll County Health Department
290 South Center Street
Westminster, MD  21157

Phone: 410-857-5000
Website: www.carrollhealthdepartment.dhmh.md.gov