After you welcome your baby, you’ll move to a quiet, private maternity suite in our postpartum unit. There, our nurses will support you and your family as you prepare to return home together.
Stay Close To Your Baby
At Bain Birthing Center, you’re encouraged to room-in, or keep your baby in your room with you.
Not only will you get to know each other more quickly, but this practice has been shown to make breastfeeding easier. That means your baby will eat more, gain more weight and be less likely to develop jaundice. When your baby stays with you, he or she also is likely to cry less, be soothed more easily and sleep better.
But if you need rest after giving birth, or if your baby needs special medical attention, feel confident in the care your baby will receive from our expert nurses in our nurseries.
One-on-One Nursing Care
Enjoy one-on-one nursing care during your stay in the maternity suite. Your nurse will care for you, answer your questions, and help you learn how to confidently care for your newborn. You’ll partner with your nurse to learn how to:
- Hold and support your newborn
- Feed and burp your baby
- Change diapers
- Bathe your baby and care for the umbilical cord
- Soothe and swaddle your baby
- Take your baby’s temperature
Get the guidance and support you need to establish breastfeeding during your postpartum stay at Bain Birthing Center. You’ll benefit from:
- Nurses trained in teaching moms to breastfeed
- In-room visits from a certified lactation consultant
- Daily breastfeeding classes just for new moms
You can trust our support for breastfeeding because in 2014, 96 percent of Mount Auburn moms were breastfeeding when they left the hospital.
When your baby is about two days old, we’ll do a routine screening for certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders, as well as a hearing test. Additional optional screening tests may be available. For more information, ask your doctor or midwife or visit The New England Newborn Screening Program.
Taking Your Baby Home
Expect to take your baby home one to two days after a vaginal birth and three to four days after a cesarean birth. We’ll ease your transition by helping to coordinate follow-up care for both you and your baby.
If you opt for an early maternity discharge, ask about an early maternity discharge home visit through the Maternal Child Health Program at Mount Auburn Hospital’s CareGroup Home Care.
You can continue to rely on Mount Auburn for postpartum care and support after you return home. Learn more about our services for new parents.