Postpartum UnitAfter giving birth, you and your baby will be given a room in our postpartum unit where you will spend the remainder of your stay.
- Generally, you can keep your baby in the room with you at all times. This “rooming-in” gives you an opportunity to bond with your baby. Please note: We heartily encourage your whole family to get involved in this bonding process but find it works best for you and your baby if we limit guests to two at a time. We also ask that you be mindful of your roommate’s need for privacy if you are in a semi-private room.
- If you become tired, your baby can be cared for in the nursery. For more information, please see the Nursery section below. Please note: To help new mothers get their rest, we have implemented a Quiet Time in the afternoons from 2 to 5 pm. During this time, we ask that all staff, patients, family members and visitors speak softly and keep any electronic devices turned off or on silent mode.
- If you choose to breastfeed, we have lactation specialists available to teach you tips and techniques and answer any and all of your questions.
- A member of your care team will come visit you every hour or so to ensure that you are comfortable and have everything you need. Our registered nurses are also on-call to help you learn to care for yourself and your baby and can walk you through all the baby care basics, including: feeding, cord care, bathing, diapering, circumcision care, shaken baby syndrome and safety.
NurseryYour baby can be cared for in the nursery by attending pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, mother-baby nurses and lactation consultants. This care includes:
- Complete physical examination of your baby upon admission to the nursery and again on the day of discharge
- Performance of mandated New York State screening tests for your baby
- Administration of the Centers for Disease Control recommended birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine
- Breastfeeding support and lactation management
- Daily assessment of your baby by the attending pediatrician
- Management of common problems such as weight loss, jaundice and breastfeeding issues
Going HomeIf there are no complications, you should expect to stay in the hospital 48 hours after a vaginal delivery and 72 hours after a cesarean delivery.
Before you and your baby go home:
- Your obstetrician and pediatrician will discuss with you when you and your baby will be discharged.
- Your nurse will review with you the discharge instructions for you and your baby, which will include information on activity level, diet, discharge medications, follow-up appointments and signs and symptoms for which you need to notify a physician.
- Your nurse will give you a form that needs to be completed in order to issue your baby a birth certificate and Social Security number. Please note: You should receive your baby’s birth certificate and Social Security card approximately four to six weeks following delivery.
- Your nurse will verify and remove you and your baby’s matching identification bands.