For your comfort and ease, our family-centered model of care allows you to stay in one room throughout labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (if you are not having a waterbirth or Cesarean section).
After birth, you are encouraged to keep your baby in the room with you. This is known as "rooming in." This time spent together helps you to be more comfortable in caring for your baby's needs. You’ll more quickly learn your baby's cues and get to understand what he or she wants. Many new moms also sleep better when their baby is in the room.
Research has shown that rooming in also has these benefits:
- Being close to mom makes it easier for babies to get used to life outside the womb.
- When babies feel their mom's warmth, hear her heartbeat and smell her, they feel safe.
- Babies get to know their mom by using their senses. They are able to tell the difference between their mother's smell and that of another woman by the time they are one to two days old.
- Baby's attachment instinct is highest during the first days of life. Early attachment has a positive effect on baby's brain development.
- Frequent breastfeeding will help to produce milk and keep up milk supply.
- Rooming in helps babies regulate their body rhythms. This includes heart rate, body temperature and sleep cycle. Nurseries have lights, noise, and other distractions that can interfere with body rhythms.
Breastfeeding support & educationHealthEast has been recognized for excellence in breastfeeding care.
This commendation is from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Breastfeeding your baby
From ensuring a correct latch and making sure your baby is getting enough milk, to pumping and storing breast milk, consult our breastfeeding guide for an all-in-one resource for breastfeeding your baby.
If you have a cesarean birth
It may help to have someone with you during your hospital stay to help you care for your baby. This way, while you're recovering you'll still have the benefits of rooming in and spending time together.
Learning to care for your baby
If you feel nervous about caring for a newborn, you're not alone. We know that learning about your baby is an important part of your stay in the hospital. Our staff will gladly teach you about caring for a newborn.