Your baby loves to be near you! Mothers and babies belong together as much as possible, and this family-centered care helps you learn to care for your baby. Babies feel safe when they can sense their parents. Research shows that rooming-in helps you connect with your baby, facilitates skin-to-skin contact, and provides opportunities to learn normal newborn behavior and feeding cues.
At Doylestown Health VIA Maternity Center, new parents are taught safe sleep practices that you will be encouraged to continue at home. By participating in your baby’s care from diapering to soothing, you build confidence as you get ready to go home with your newborn. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in their parents’ room, on a separate surface designed for infants, for the first 6 months, but ideally up to one year.
As long as you and your baby are stable, you will remain in the delivery room until both of you are transferred to your postpartum room. In that room, your mother-baby nurse will provide supportive care to both of you while you learn to care for your newborn. All examinations, routine newborn assessments and screenings will be done in your room, giving you a chance to ask questions and address any concerns you may have.