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Your Baby's First Days at Holzer

At the Holzer Birthing and Women’s Center, we are committed to delivering the highest quality family-centered maternity care available.

Our standards of care are founded in up-to-date evidence-based practice standards that meet or exceed national guidelines and standards for patient safety.

Our healthcare team of physicians and nursing staff are trained in the latest techniques for maternity care. Holzer Labor and Delivery Nurses are certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our physicians and nursing staff routinely participate in continuing education to advance your care.

Quiet Time

Researchers have found that new families are interrupted as many as 53 times in a 12-hour time frame during postpartum care. Many of these interruptions are from hospital staff, while others are from friends and family anxious to meet your new little one!

Rest is essential for mom and baby after the labor process, so for this purpose we offer a family bonding time for new families daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. While normal visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., during family bonding hours, only mom, new baby, dad and/or the designated support person are permitted on the unit. Extended family and siblings are asked to return during normal visiting hours.

Skin-to-Skin

Did you know that simply holding your baby against your chest for one hour after delivery can:

  • help regulate post-delivery vital signs for new moms,
  • increase breastfeeding success rates, and
  • regulate baby’s heart rate, temperature, and blood sugar levels.

In accordance with practice standards from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), we are proud to practice skin-to-skin therapy in our labor suites and postpartum care areas at Holzer.

Delayed Bathing

New babies are cleaned and dried at birth, but in accordance with WHO, AWHONN, and AAP recommendations, babies do not receive their first soap and water bath until they are 1 day old.

Delaying a new baby’s first bath up to 24 hours can:

  • decrease the risk for low blood sugar,
  • add natural nourishment and hydration, and
  • fight infection by absorption of the creamy vernix and amniotic fluid on the baby’s skin.

Rooming In

At Holzer, we are strong proponents of rooming in. Babies room in with mom unless there is a medical necessity for the baby to be in the nursery.

Research has shown that having your baby with you right from the beginning is the best way for you and your baby to rest and establish a routine. Studies show that new moms average the same amount of sleep at night, whether baby is in the nursery or in the post-partum room.

Sleeping in the same hospital room as your baby has several evidence-based benefits for new moms and babies.

Moms have reported:

  • better quality of sleep,
  • increased confidence in handling and caring for baby,
  • increased ability to learn baby’s cues,
  • improved breastfeeding experience, and
  • less “baby blues” and postpartum depression.

Benefits for baby include:

  • generally more content with less crying,
  • more stable blood sugar,
  • breastfeed sooner, longer, and more easily, and
  • lower levels of stress hormones.

In addition, families report feeling better adjusted to life at home after the first week.

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