Rooming In

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

With a practice known as rooming in, the goal is for healthy newborn babies to spend as much time as possible with mom. Rooming in offers many benefits to babies and parents, as Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Baby-Friendly Hospitals, or facilities that are working toward this designation, practice rooming-in, where newborns stay in the mothers room throughout the hospital stay.

The same nurse takes care of both mom and baby, and pediatricians take care of babies right in their mothers room. Babies may go to the nursery for a short period of time for specialized procedures, if mom is not feeling well or if staff needs to watch mom or baby more closely.

The benefits are many. Rooming in helps new moms learn her babys cues for feedings, and they are more successful at breastfeeding.

Rooming in also allows parents to help take care of their baby with the nurse, which helps them feel better prepared to take care of their baby at home.

Babies who room in sleep better and cry less because they arent separated from mom. Surprisingly, research shows that mothers get the same amount of quality of sleep when rooming in as when the baby is out of the room.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.