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After about 1-2 hours in the Birthing Unit, you and your baby will be transferred to a Mother Baby Unit. The Mother Baby Units are on the same floors as the Birthing Units. Your room may have one, two, or three patient beds. Your room will depend on your insurance coverage and what beds are available after you have your baby.

The Mother Baby Unit is set up so that you can learn how to care for your baby. You will have your baby with you 24 hours a day.

Although your baby is with you all the time, this does not mean that you are left alone to take care of the baby. The nurses will answer your questions, give you information and show you how to care for your baby. They will help you feel confident about going home with your new baby.

Research shows that it is good for mothers and babies to stay together because:

  • Babies cry less
  • Babies are less stressed
  • Babies and mothers sleep better
  • Mothers and babies learn to breastfeed better
  • Breast milk is produced earlier
  • Babies are fed as soon as they show signs that they’re hungry
  • Women breastfeed longer and are more successful with breastfeeding
  • Babies gain weight faster
  • Women feel more confident about taking care of their baby
  • It strengthens the bond between the parents and the baby

Your nurse will look after you and your baby together. Each nurse looks after several families on the Mother Baby Unit at the same time.

If your baby needs special care that the nurses can’t give in your room, they will move your baby to the Special Care Nursery or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Last updated on: December 31st, 2018