Visitor Policy for Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital

Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital is happy to include families and designated support persons in the care of our patients. We know loved ones play an important role in the healing and recovery process, and want to make sure patients receive that support, while also setting aside time for uninterrupted rest.

With those goals in mind, we’ve put together the following guidelines for visitation in our Labor and Delivery, OB/GYN, Nursery, Pediatrics/PICU and Newborn ICU areas. Visitation includes: 

Labor and Delivery

Up to three support persons may stay with the patient as long as it does not interfere with patient care. The patient’s care team will decide if visitors should no longer stay in the room. 

RWCH 2nd Floor

Patients may receive visitors throughout the day. After 9 p.m., only two support persons (as designated by the patient) can remain overnight.

Sibling visitation is allowed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 


Patients may receive visitors throughout the day. After 9 p.m., only two support persons, ages 18 or older, may stay with the patient overnight.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Four designated caregivers, ages 18 or older, can visit the patient. Only two visitors can stay at the bedside at a time. Siblings 12 or older can visit between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. 

Newborn Intensive Care Unit

NICU visitation is limited to the baby’s mother, a second bandholder and two designated support persons (18 or older). Only two people per baby are allowed at the bedside at one time. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. 

Please note:

  • Certain units may have “quiet hours” which may limit visitation.
  • Specific screening forms for patients and visitors are filled out each day prior to visitation.
  • Special circumstances must be approved by the Nursing Supervisor or Manager on Duty.
  • Visitors are required to check in at the RWCH Security Desk and receive a visitor pass.
  • In an effort to protect our little ones, please make sure visitors are healthy and well.