Don’t Wait! Teach Rooming-in Benefits Early and Often

Here it is! The first “product” of our Work-Out Day is finished! One thing we determined as a result of our rooming-in Performance Excellence Work-Out is that rooming-in education has to begin well before families are admitted to the Mother/Baby (postpartum) Unit.

The Childbirth Unit is adding rooming-in to their skin-to-skin education. Information and pictures corresponding with each topic will be on either side of a laminated single sheet in each birthing suite. Families can read all the information, but nurses will also choose 2 or 3 key points to share verbally with their patients.

Below are the words we’re using. Give us your feedback!

Benefits of Rooming-In
Gone are the days when babies were lined up in a nursery and families peered in through windows! We now know through research that the best place for your baby to stay following birth is right where she’s been for 9 months—with her family! Rooming-in means that your baby stays with you in your room throughout your entire hospital stay.  Once you leave the Childbirth Unit, your baby will not be separated from you. You will remain TOGETHER upon admission to the Mother/Baby Unit, all the way through discharge. You will have the opportunity to keep your baby with you all the time to bond and get to know one another. When mothers and babies room together day and night, there are numerous benefits:

  • Babies cry less. Being with mom is “home” for baby.
  • Parents get to know their baby better.
  • Parents recognize early feeding cues such as rooting, lip movements and sucking on fingers or hands.
  • Babies can be fed at the first signs of hunger.
  • Babies nurse more frequently which helps assure plenty of milk and decreases the use of supplements.
  • Breast milk comes in sooner.
  • Breastfeeding duration increases.
  • Moms have higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Babies gain weight better.
  • Babies have less jaundice.
  • Babies and mothers sleep better.
  • Parents are better prepared to care for their babies at home.

Here at Memorial Childbirth Center, you can be assured that you and your family will be supported as we strive to keep you all together so that you can reap the benefits of rooming-in!

Benefits of Immediate Skin-to-Skin Contact After Delivery
Health experts agree that skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery is best for mother and baby! Your baby should be placed directly on your chest after delivery and remain there until the first feeding is accomplished at the very minimum. This helps support a healthy transition from inside to outside life for your baby. The more contact mom and baby have in the first few hours and days, the better for both of them!  Immediate and frequent use of skin-to-skin contact will help with the following:

  • Helps prevent heat loss and maintain a normal body temperature for the baby. Mom is the best warmer!
  • Baby uses less energy which helps prevent low blood sugar and keeps the baby alert and engaged.
  • Brings the baby’s heart rate, breathing and blood pressure back to normal after the excitement of being born.
  • Baby is comforted, decreasing stress on the baby and need for crying because he/she knows he/she is safe and secure with the mother.
  • Mother’s skin provides healthy protection from many infections that the baby may come into contact with in the early days of life.
  • Increases the chances of an early start and likelihood of long-term breastfeeding success.
  • Helps slow and may reduce overall bleeding for the mother after delivery while stabilizing the hormonal shift after birth.
  • Promotes early bonding and attachment between parents and baby.
  • Baby will stay warm and comfortable on the mother’s chest, and the benefits of bonding, soothing and breastfeeding likely continue well after birth.
  • Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin-to-skin help keep the baby calm and cozy.

A small team of people worked on this education, but special thanks to Lori B., Childbirth Unit nurse, for all her effort!

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