The Women's Hospital understands that the birth of every baby brings the birth of a new family. All family members form a new relationship with each other and the baby. Our family-centered concept of care recognizes the importance of supporting these new relationships and helping each member of the family unit adjust to the exciting change.
Because of our focus on family and patient comfort, we are dedicated to the LDRP concept of care, meaning that the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum stages of childbirth occur in the same room. The mother and the individual supporting her stay in the same homelike, private room throughout the hospital stay.
As delivery time approaches, the room is quickly transformed into a delivery room with all of the necessary lighting and equipment. Support services, including an operating room for Cesarean deliveries, are close by if needed. We also encourage the father or other support person to be actively involved in labor and delivery as allowed by the condition of the mother and baby.
Mom & Baby -- Better Together
Because of the important role family plays in a child's life, we encourage families to begin nurturing their relationship with the newborn immediately. Rooming-in allows the mother to adjust to the newborn in a supportive setting. A mother can bond with her baby, learn about baby's responses and behavior and gain confidence in her ability to care for baby. Evidence also shows that babies cry less, eat more often, and that both mom and baby get better sleep when they are in the room together.