What are some practical tips when visiting new parents in the hospital?

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visit the newest addition to our church and her proud parents. Pastors, seize every opportunity to go to the hospital on these occasions to see new born babies. It is some of the only times you go to the hospital to celebrate. Here is a list of 10 practical tips: 1) Be mindful of the stress and lack of sleep of new parents. 2) Be sensitive to the mother’s recovery. 3) Introduce yourself to family in the room. 4) Clean your hands. 5) Hold the baby (if comfortable doing so). 6) Enjoy it! 7) Read Psalm 139:13-16. 8) Pray for the parents. 9) Plead for the soul of that child. 10) Be aware of how long you stay (typically less than 20 minutes). Here is a previous post that explains further a few of these practical tools that you might find helpful. This kind of ministry can be a great way to get your “feet wet” in going to hospitals, getting comfortable in them, and preparing for those harder hospital visits that are certain to await

every pastor going into an older, established church.

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2 comments on “What are some practical tips when visiting new parents in the hospital?
  1. Gloria Furman says:

    This is excellent advice on every point! I’ve seen how this wisdom can impact families as a mom with a new baby in the hospital multiple times, as a bystander in my doula work, and as a visitor along with my pastor-husband. Such a practical post!

  2. Brian B says:

    Before you even go to the hospital, you should clear the visit with the parents first. Some are more particular than others and do not want visits beyond family while at the hospital.

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