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Give Your Baby a Great Start

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018

Known for a personalized birth experience, Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center offers a peaceful, secure environment and now, even more resources to give your baby the best start in life.

Knowledge is Power

"The best start for babies begins with informed parents," says Kathy Donahue, director, Maternal-Child Services, "We offer a variety of prenatal classes including childbirth education, breastfeeding education, newborn care and grandparenting.

Research has demonstrated that babies exclusively breastfed for six months have a lower incidence of certain diseases, so we have joined the Keystone 10 Initiative, a breastfeeding quality improvement initiative for Pennsylvania, that supports science-based practices to help mothers and infants initiate and sustain breastfeeding."

"Our teams inform mothers about breastfeeding benefits but understand that not everyone may choose to breastfeed. We support them in their decision, as this is a personal choice. We offer parents a consistent message, starting with our obstetrics practices and reinforced during our childbirth education courses and by nurses throughout the patient's experience," says Kathy.

Mothers and Babies Thrive Together

"At the point of delivery and beyond, we encourage non-separation of mother and baby," explains Kathy. "Placing baby skin-to-skin on the mother's chest after birth calms the baby while helping to stabilize body temperature, blood sugar, breathing and heart rate. It's also amazing because the baby naturally wiggles to the mother's breast and begins to nurse.

"During the hospital stay, babies who are medically able, stay in the same room as their mother," Kathy continues, "Commonly known as rooming-in, babies sleep more soundly with mother nearby and moms have a quicker response to feeding cues.

Nurses provide baby care at the mother's bedside – including baby's first bath – so parents can be involved with the nurse there to help.

"My entire pregnancy and delivery was laid-back and centered on myself and the baby. I received good, consistent information. Everyone was knowledgeable and approachable in helping with breastfeeding and answering questions," says Kylee Kline-Reardon, a VIA Maternity Center patient.

Boosting Breastfeeding Success

Other measures to improve breastfeeding outcomes include:

  • Maternity nurses complete 15 hours of breastfeeding education
  • Board certified lactation consultants on site 7 days a week
  • Donor breastmilk available for Intensive Care Nursery babies
  • Breast pumps for rent

Angel Eye

For parents with babies in the Intensive Care Nursery, separation can be emotionally-trying. Angel Eye Camera System, a secure, web-based live video stream, allows parents and loved ones to view the baby through phone or computer, which provides reassurance and helps families bond.

Angel Eye was made possible through the generosity of donor contributions.

Additional Support

  • Breastfeeding Mothers' Group
  • Baby Bracelets Visiting Nurse program
  • The Newborn Channel offers educational videos which can be accessed in the hospital and at home

About the VIA Maternity Center

Doylestown Health’s VIA Maternity Center is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II NICU staffed by CHOP neonatologists.

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