Becoming Baby Friendly |
Skin-to-Skin Contact |
Rooming In |
Becoming Baby Friendly
Anderson Regional Birth Center is on the pathway to becoming designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program launched in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother infant bonding. This project recognizes that one of the best ways a mother can protect and promote her infant’s health, as well as her own, is through breastfeeding.
Providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible because it provides the best mix of nutrients for each baby to thrive. Scientific studies have shown that breastfed children have far fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never received breast milk, including a reduced risk of SIDS, childhood cancers and diabetes.
Our staff is trained to provide exceptional support to our breastfeeding mothers and their babies. We promote skin-to-skin bonding and "rooming-in" to accommodate breastfeeding on demand.
Learn more about Baby Friendly at the organization’s website.
Research shows that skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and in the newborn period is very beneficial for both mom and baby. Some of these advantages include:
- Helps baby learn to regulate temperature
- Helps baby stabilize breathing and heart rate
- Helps baby control blood sugar
- Promotes early breastfeeding and helps with the overall success of breastfeeding
- Provides the best transition to life outside of mom
- Promotes early bonding between mom and baby
- Has a calming effect and decreases crying and fussiness
At birth — if conditions allow — your baby will be placed directly on your chest immediately after delivery. We will place a blanket and/or towel over the baby to keep the baby warm as you enjoy your first precious moments together. Skin-to-skin contact is recommended for at least one hour after birth.
Depending on the condition of the mother and/or baby at the time of birth, skin-to skin contact may not be possible. However, skin-to-skin contact is beneficial at any time during the early newborn period, even after you leave the hospital.
Skin to Skin Contact
After you deliver your baby, we recommend “rooming-in.” This means you will keep your baby with you in your private hospital room the whole time you are in the hospital. This is a healthy choice for families because it lets YOU care for your new baby. Rooming-in will help you learn to care for all your baby’s needs while staff is around to help if you need it. This will also help you feel more comfortable taking care of your baby once you go home.
When you room in:
- You can more easily hold, cuddle, look at, learn to respond to and get to know your baby.
- Your baby can get to know you more easily.
- Your baby should cry less than babies in the nursery who are away from their mothers.
- Your baby can learn to breastfeed faster and gain weight sooner.
- You should feel more able to take care of your baby when you go home.
We want this to be the best possible experience for you. If you have any questions, please ask your nurse.
In this Medical Minute, Reba Lee, RN, IBCLC discusses Anderson becoming a “Baby Friendly” hospital, as recognized by the World Health Organization.
Skin-to-Skin is Best for Baby
In this Medical Minute, Judy Guasco, RN, explains how skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby can have great benefits after birth.
Robin Butler, RN, explains how rooming in helps establish a strong bond between mama and baby after birth.