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Newborn Care

Every day brings you closer to that special moment of holding your new baby, and we look forward to celebrating that time with you. Our team, at The Women’s Hospital, is committed to making the birth of your baby a wonderful experience.

Magic Hour
To capture that special moment of your baby being born, The Women’s The Women's Hospital - Deaconess - Newborn Magic HourHospital encourages the “Magic Hour.” During this hour, you and your baby spend time getting to know each other. Your baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest to promote a positive relationship and an intimate moment for mom and baby. When held skin-to-skin, baby can look into your eyes and respond to your voice. Since your voice and heartbeat are familiar to your baby, this close contact also allows your baby to get to know you better through touch and scent. Learn more about skin-to-skin.

The Women’s Hospital is a Baby-Friendly facility. Part of that designation is participating with “rooming in,” which means that babies stay in the room with their parents as much as possible. The best medicine of all is mom and baby together to promote bonding between baby and parents. Learn more about Baby-Friendly.

Safe Sleep
During your baby’s first year of life, sleep can become an important focus. The Women's Hospital - Deaconess - Safe SleepAlthough one concern can be the amount of sleep your baby is getting, the most important is a safe sleep environment.

To keep your baby as safe as possible, remember your ABCs:

A - Alone 
All by myself: Babies should never be placed to sleep with a parent, sibling or another caregiver.

B - Back 
On my back: Your baby should never be placed to sleep on their side or stomach. Placing a baby to sleep on their stomach doubles the risk of death.

C - Crib – In my crib: Your baby should always sleep in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, and portable crib; free of any soft objects (pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, and/or bumper pads). The crib mattress or portable crib mat should be firm with only a tight-fitted sheet.

The Women’s Hospital is excited for attaining the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program’s highest designation of Gold Safe Sleep Champion. Learn more about safe sleep and our Cribs for Kids program.

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