Taking Care of Yourself and Your Baby
After you give birth, it's important to take care of yourself and recover. Woman’s gets you started the right way with dedicated mother/baby suites for restful recovery, in-hospital lactation counseling, and follow-up educational classes and programs. There’s also a lot that new moms can do for healing the body as it works to rebalance itself both physically and emotionally.
Bonding After Childbirth: The Magic Hour
Right after your baby is born, nothing should stand in the way of your first hello. That first hour after baby's arrival is a magical time and is best spent with baby laying skin-to-skin on your chest. This is your golden chance to bond and help baby feel safe. Other tasks, like weighing and bathing can wait!
During skin-to-skin contact, baby can feel your warmth and hear your heartbeat and breathing. Relaxing hormones are released in both you and baby, helping you bond. Frequent eye and voice contact during this time helps with bonding as well, and reduces the risk of postpartum depression. This practice also promotes baby's natural breastfeeding behaviors, such as rooting (searching for the breast) and attaching to your breast.
Dads, this time is special for you too! Enjoy Magic Hour with your new family by supporting mom and softly talking to baby.
We know that family and friends are eager to meet baby, but ask that they wait until after Magic Hour to come in and visit.
Our Mother/Baby suites are equipped with a television, private bathroom and a sleeper sofa for one adult overnight guest. Your baby will sleep in a bassinet right next to your bed.
Under the skillful care of your nurse, you'll begin to adjust to life as a new family. This time is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and get to know your new baby. Your pediatrician will examine your baby in your room, offering you another chance to learn how to care for your baby before you go home.