After you deliver your baby at Women & Infants, we recommend "rooming-in." This means you will keep your baby with you in your private hospital room the whole time you are in the hospital.
This is a healthy choice for families because it lets you care for your new baby. Rooming-in will help you learn to care for all your baby's needs while staff is around to help if you need it. This will also help you feel more comfortable taking care of your baby once you go home.
When you Room-in
- You can more easily hold, cuddle, look at, learn to respond to and get to know your baby.
- Your baby can get to know you more easily.
- Your baby should cry less than babies in the nursery who are away from their mothers.
- Your baby can learn to breastfeed faster and gain weight sooner.
- You should feel more able to take care of your baby when you go home.
What to Expect
- You and the staff will work together on bonding with your baby, keeping your baby warm, and, if you choose, breastfeeding.
- This is an exciting time for you and your family. We suggest you limit your visitors for the first few hours after you get to your private room so you and your partner can give all your attention to your new baby.
- Your baby may need to go to the nursery for a short period of time to:
- Have a circumcision (if you choose for your son).
- Be examined by his or her doctor with special equipment in the nursery.
- Let you be cared for if you are not feeling well or allow staff to watch you or the baby more closely.
- You might think you will get less sleep if your baby is with you. However, studies actually show that mothers get more sleep with their baby in the room.
- For the first few hours, we suggest that you keep your diapered baby directly against your skin (called skin-to-skin contact). When you are sleeping, we ask that you put the baby in the pram next to your bed to be safe. Please talk to your baby's doctor about sleeping with the baby in your bed if you plan to do this at home.
- If you have visitors, please ask them to wash their hands thoroughly. Hand-washing is the best way to prevent passing colds or infections. Everyone, including children, should use an alcohol-based hand gel like Purell. Dispensers are located throughout the hospital.
- If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean them. In addition, to keep you and your baby healthy, please ask your visitors to stay home if they have any symptoms of a cold or diarrhea, or have recently been exposed to chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, or the flu.
We want this to be the best possible experience for you. If you have any questions, please ask the nurse who is caring for you. Rooming-in is just one way to get to know your baby. It will help you learn all the exciting noises your baby makes and see the many things your baby can do.