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The first moments with your new baby are precious. You want to be comfortable and feel like you’re at home as you get to know each other.
The Mother/Baby Unit at NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital is delighted to be this first “home” to thousands of new families every year.
Our family-welcoming unit features:
- Private rooms with a sleeper sofa for your loved ones
- Family kitchen, lounge, and laundry facilities so other members of your family can feel at home
- Internet, flat-panel TV, and DVD players in all rooms
We are dedicated to making this bonding experience welcoming and nurturing so you can focus on your baby. Our experienced nurses and other staff members are eager to meet - and even anticipate - your needs.
Studies show that keeping your new baby close to you – with you and next to your skin – provides benefits to body and mind for both you and your baby. We support practices that encourage this closeness, including skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in and breastfeeding. You decide what fits for you and your baby.
Skin-to-Skin Contact Having your baby on your chest as much as possible during the initial hours and weeks of life promotes calmness, a sense of safety and love. This closeness helps your baby transition to life in the outside world.
Benefits of skin-to-skin contact include:
- Helping your baby feel calm and recover from the stress of birth with less crying
- Regulating your baby’s body temperature, heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar level
- Achieving greater success in breastfeeding, including readiness for feeding
- Stimulating your baby’s senses, including recognizing your smell
Rooming-in means your baby stays with you while you’re in the hospital, instead of sleeping in a hospital nursery.
Benefits of rooming-in include:
- Sleeping better – you and your baby
- Recognizing and responding to your baby’s cues
- Baby crying less and calming more quickly
- Breastfeeding easier, including better milk supply
- Strengthening the maternal-infant bond
If you choose to breastfeed, we provide you with as much breastfeeding support as you need, including round-the-clock nurses and lactation consultants.
Benefits of breastfeeding include:
- Protection against disease
- Protection against obesity
- Fewer allergies/asthma
- Fewer digestive problems
- Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be fed human milk exclusively for the first six months, followed by a mixture of solid foods and breast milk at least through the baby’s first year.
Some women become anxious when thinking about breastfeeding – worrying they would not be successful at it. The vast majority of women can successfully breastfeed. Our experts are here to help you learn the tips to success to give your baby the best start.