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Anyone birthed at abington hospital? My SIL is having her baby there and they say the rules are no visitors under 14 yo. I'm wondering how strict they are, my little guys want to meet their new cousin and don't want to wait until she comes home.<br>
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they are pretty strict about it from my understanding. especially if your DC arent siblings of the new baby. My sister delivered there, and her DC wasnt allowed. One of the cousins of the newborn is 14, and they even gave him a hard time.<br>
I'd call the nurses station in the building where your SIL will be, or ask your SIL if she'd be comfortable asking the nurses herself. maybe she'd like the time in the hosp to recover and bond with new baby instead of entertaining visitors? (JMO, of course, as that's what I'd want. the constant revolving door of guests can be exhausting I'd imagine.) as you know, the baby will still be tiny and cuddly a few days after birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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my SIL has strongly said she does want visitors, especially my boys. She even said she'd claim they were her own kids to get them in. She's her second baby, so she has already done it once, so I trust her judgment. We're very careful not to wear out our welcome. We live about 3 minutes from the hospital, so it's easy to drop by for a short visit.
 

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Hi! It's been a long time since I've "seen" you around! We went thru our VBAC issues together, remember? I had a third baby and a success VBA2C's with him! Hope all is well with you.<br><br>
Anyone, back to your post. I had my first there and my niece came to see me with her daughter, who was around 2 then. No one ever said anything, it was not an issue.
 

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in that case, perhaps she could say that they were hers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I only know what we just experienced 2 weeks ago... they were pretty strict about not allowing those under 14, but I think siblings are an exception if the baby is not in the special care nursery or NICU. (then no one under 16 I think...?)
 

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I have no experience with Abington on this, but when my SIL had a baby this past winter, no one under 16 was allowed into the hospital to visit. This included siblings. I talked with one of the nurses and she said that all the hospitals she had heard were doing this because of H1N1, but she also thought they were sort of using that as an excuse to keep people out.<br><br>
I'd call ahead and ask, say it's a sibling, but I think it would be better to talk with someone since I know my guys would be devastated if we got to the hospital and they were told they couldn't go in.
 

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My sister just had a baby there a couple of weeks ago. She told me the rule was that only <i>siblings</i> under 14 could visit, but not cousins or unrelated kids under 14 yo.<br><br>
The H1N1 thing has made hospitals much more difficult about young visitors. At the hospital my dad was in a few months ago (here in NNJ,) they would not let anyone under 18 yo into any of the wards visiting unless they had been vax'd for H1N1. This meant that neither my son nor my nephew could visit my dad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">. Fortunately dad wasn't very sick and was just there for a couple of days, but if he had been seriously ill I'd have made a fuss.
 

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Well, my niece was born yesterday.<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/joy.gif" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...milies/joy.gif</a><br>
And my boys got to visit her in the hospital, no problem, I didn't ask ahead of time, we just walked right in, all the nurses just smiled at us and didn't seem to think twice about it.<br>
I was completely prepared, and had told our boys, that they would say no.
 
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