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Congratulations! Your big day has arrived! We know how excited you and
your family are to welcome your new baby into the world. Your safety,
well-being, and comfort are our top priorities in the Maternity Services
unit. Upon admission, you will be assigned to a tranquil labor and delivery
room, or a family birthing suite designed to accommodate your needs. A
nurse will work closely with you, your family, and your physician to ensure
you have the best care possible.
Welcoming Your Baby
We know the first moments with your newborn are extra special. After delivery,
you and your family immediately may begin bonding with your new baby.
The first hour after birth is commonly known as the "golden hour,"
and we encourage you and your spouse or significant other to bond with
your infant during this time. Family and friends are encouraged to visit
after the golden hour. Our family birthing suites offer the comforts of
home, including a sleeper chair so the baby's father or a family member
can stay with you.
About two hours after giving birth, you and your baby will be moved to
a postpartum room for the remainder of your stay. You and your baby will
room together during your hospital stay, unless your baby requires special
medical attention in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is
devoted to providing specialized care for newborns born premature or ill.
Looking Out for Your Baby's Safety
Keeping you and your family safe is extremely important to us. With the
utmost security mind, we will identify your baby at birth with a special
bracelet that will be identical to the one placed on your wrist. Only
you and the person selected to wear the other bracelet can move the baby
from your room to the nursery. As a security measure and for your convenience,
all Valley Presbyterian Hospital employees wear recognizable identification badges.
Keeping Baby Healthy
During your hospital stay, we will make a daily assessment of your baby's
health. If he or she shows any signs of jaundice — a common condition
in babies who have a build-up of bilirubin in their blood — we will
treat your baby immediately with special light therapy. Our nursing staff
is always available to answer your questions or contact your physician
regarding your baby's condition.
Visitors Are Welcome!
Latest update 8/20/20
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only one visitor will be allowed in the labor,
pediatric and neonatal units. Visitors must be at least 18 years of age.
Please check our
Visiting Hours page for more information.
Having a baby is an exciting family event, and we encourage your spouse
or partner to remain with you throughout your stay. In our Labor and Delivery
Unit, after you give birth, we observe the "golden hour" and
allow parents to bond with their newborn for one hour before we welcome
visitors. Additionally in the Maternity Unit, we maintain a special quiet
time daily from 3– 5 PM so parents may bond with their babies with
minimal interruptions. We appreciate the observance of this quiet time
for infant bonding.
Your Baby's First Photo
The very first pictures of your baby tell a timeless story, and mark the
beginning to your new baby's life. Our Maternity Services unit wants
to help capture these special moments. A representative from a professional
photography company will visit your room to photograph your little one.
If you wish, you may place a picture order at that time. You'll also
have an opportunity to have your baby's portrait placed in our online nursery.
We believe that breastfeeding is the healthiest way for you to feed your
baby. Valley Presbyterian Hospital is designated a "Baby-Friendly
Hospital," as outlined by the World Health Organization/UNICEF. As
part of these efforts, we will not be accepting free formula milk, or
accepting milk from breast milk substitute manufacturers.
In our effort to achieve "Baby-Friendly Hospital" status, we
have developed a breastfeeding policy that guides how we care for
our patients. Our nursing staff has received more than 20 hours of breastfeeding
training and will work with you to achieve your breastfeeding goals.
We also have specially trained lactation consultants on site to assist
with breastfeeding education and support.
We are committed to the health of the mothers and babies we serve, and
we provide breastfeeding support, even after a hospital stay. For
additional information about our "Baby-Friendly" initiative or
for breastfeeding support, call 818.902.5222.