After the Baby is Born
Your Hospital Stay
Once the baby is born, mother and child are moved to an attractive, spacious room that is equipped with color televisions, internet access, telephones and private lavatories. When possible, all patients are given private rooms.
We encourage rooming-in so that parents and babies may become familiar and comfortable with each other before going home. Arrangements can be made to have the baby remain in the mother’s room around the clock.
Occasionally, a baby will require extra care after birth and stay in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This unit is located next to the Maternity unit so parents can be near their babies.
Infant security is at the forefront of everyone's mind. We have designed an unobtrusive, multi-level security system to protect babies in the hospital.
A Helping Hand
The nurses on the maternity unit are flexible and helpful. They will make all accommodations to ensure that mothers and babies are as comfortable as possible. During the hospital stay, the nursing staff provides individual instruction on baby care as needed.
The nurses also offer help and support with breastfeeding. Our staff includes certified lactation consultants who can assist with special situations. Educational videos and other instructional materials are available for parents to use at any time.
In addition, the pediatrician will visit your baby every day and assess his or her progress.
The Newborn Channel, a 24/7 television service, provides up-to-date baby care and postpartum education for new parents.
The hospital joins in celebrating the birth of each baby by offering the mother and her husband or guest a complimentary gourmet dinner. This meal is normally served on the evening before the mother goes home, but it can also be delivered it as a mid-day meal or a picnic basket to be taken home.
Professional third-party photographers are available for in-room newborn photo sessions. If you are interested in having portrait photos of your baby taken, ask your nurse for more information.
Maternity Visiting Hours and Guidelines
- Hospital visiting hours are 12:30 - 9 pm.
- Fathers or partners are welcome to visit any time.
- Grandparents and siblings may also visit with the new mother and baby. We feel it is important to establish a close family unit during the first few days of the baby’s life. This will be a special time for older children to meet the new baby in the privacy of the mother’s room.
- Please remember that quiet time is very important. Please limit visitors so mother and baby can rest.
- Good hand washing is essential before anyone handles the new baby. Ask your nurse to instruct you and your partner in the proper technique. Please explain the procedure to your visitors and assist your older children in proper hand washing.
When You Leave
Discharge time is 11 am. It is helpful to send gifts and flowers home the night before discharge. The hospital's front entrance on Perryridge Road should be used for departure.
For more information on discharge planning, documents to be signed before your departure, services available to you after you leave, or billing and insurance, visit our Patients section.
Infant Car Seat
The use of infant car seats is mandated by Connecticut state law, so please be sure to have one set up in your car before it's time to go home. To learn more about infant car seats, including recalls and an upcoming schedule of free car seat check events, visit the Connecticut Safe Kids website.
The nursing staff is available 24 hours a day by phone. Please feel free to call the "WarmLine" any time if you have questions either before or after your baby is born. You will have the opportunity to discuss with the nurse how you’re adjusting and any concerns or questions you might have. If there is a medical problem, we suggest you contact your obstetrician or your baby's pediatrician. The WarmLine number is 203-863-3569.
Help at Home
For Au Mere Service that provides a helper in the home to "mother the mother," or for assistance with the new baby, please contact our Tender Beginnings Coordinator at 203-863-3655.