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Hospital provides maternal/child services

Bringing a baby into the world is one of life's most precious moments. At Hospital we feel privileged to share this special time with you and your family. Our Maternal/Child Services are designed to anticipate and meet the needs of new mothers and their families. From childbirth education classes to private labor, delivery and recovery suites to home visits for short-stay moms, we take every step to personalize the experience for you.

Preparing for the Big Event

Childbirth education classes are strongly encouraged so couples know what to expect - not only when labor begins, but after the baby arrives. When couples know what to expect during labor and delivery, and feel safe and comfortable in their environment, they are more likely to be relaxed during the birth.

The Day Arrives

Having a baby is an exciting time for a couple, a time they may want to share with other children, parents, grandparents and even close friends. Our labor, delivery and recovery suites were designed with you and your family in mind. We want you to feel at home and at ease (we keep all the latest equipment nearby for a safe and healthy delivery). And we put you in charge of deciding how many visitors you want, both during and after delivery, and of the care of your infant, deciding whether to keep the baby in your room or in the nursery. It is, after all, a very special day for you.

When Baby Goes Home

Our interest in your good health doesn't end when you leave the hospital. We give you a postpartum handbook, written by our physicians and nurses, and encourage you to call us or your physician if you have problems or questions. Plus, we provide services to help you during the first years of your baby's life, including home visits for short-stay moms, nutrition education, and equipment rental (jaundice treatment blankets, breast pumps and car seats).

A Note to Breastfeeding Mothers

Hospital's breastfeeding program may get a boost when officials seek "Baby Friendly" certification later this year. The seal of approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) is awarded to birthing centers and hospitals meeting the WHO's "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" practices. Only seventeen hospitals in the United States are certified. Hospital is well on its way to being considered "baby-friendly."

10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Baby-Friendly Designation
  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants (of mothers choosing to breastfeed) no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice "rooming in" by allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give not artificial teats, pacifiers, dummies or soothers to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from hospital.

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