Once you welcome your new baby into the world, you can count on The Family Place's supportive nurses to meet your needs and offer learning opportunities to help you as you get to know your newborn. Making The Family Place your family place, where you can labor, birth and receive postpartum care with support and compassion, is our goal.
Having a Baby is a Family Affair
We recognize that having a baby is a family affair, so we work to keep parents and their newborns together. Rooming-in with your baby is routine at The Family Place. You can expect your baby to room-in with you for the duration of your stay. If your newborn requires extra medical attention, our Special Care Nursery offers a healing environment for your baby and is equipped with beds and comfortable chairs so you can room-in with your newborn even if an extended stay is necessary.
Once you give birth, we encourage direct skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby for comfort and temperature control immediately after birth.
Research shows that babies fare better when they are in physical contact with their parents — breastfeeding or just resting on their mothers or fathers. And it's better for the parents, helping them adjust to being a family unit before they go home.
Special Care Nursery (Level II)
The Special Care Nursery in The Family Place is designed to treat newborns who need extra medical attention, without separating them from their moms. It's equipped with the latest technology and is staffed by highly skilled neonatal nurses. It's equipped with the Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system — which helps some infants breathe easier within minutes while prompting their lungs to secrete a natural fluid to develop the lungs and help them breathe on their own.
When babies need special care, they stay in the nursery where quiet muted colors help reduce over stimulation and help create a healing environment. In the event you are discharged before your baby can go home, rooming in with your baby in the nursery is available. In addition to the three rooms for parents and newborns, the Special Care Nursery includes three acute care bays for babies who need monitors and a secure nursery for infants whose parents must go home or need a short break while in the Hospital. Our team of pediatric hospitalist and neonatal nurses care for your child like one of their own.
Care & Screenings to Keep Your Baby Healthy
To help keep your newborn healthy and to identify medical conditions, the following treatments and screenings are typically performed in the first few days after birth.
- Erythromycin ointment
- Vitamin K
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Congenital heart disease screening
- Newborn hearing screening
- Newborn metabolic screening
Innovative Approach to Care for Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) happens when babies are exposed to drugs in the womb before birth. Most babies exhibit symptoms of drug withdrawal within their first two to five days of life outside the womb. Babies born with the effects of drugs often have difficulty eating and sleeping, and cry a lot. If your baby is exposed to drugs in the womb and experiences neonatal abstinence syndrome, you can count on our team of newborn experts to use the newest, most innovative approach to ease your baby's symptoms.
Our team is highly trained in the Eat, Sleep, Console approach to treating babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which centers on keeping you and your baby together, so your baby can feed on demand and benefit from your soothing touch. The Eat, Sleep, Console approach involves assessing a drug-exposed newborn's ability to effectively eat, sleep and be consoled within ten minutes of crying. The approach is used to guide treatment decisions around whether to treat your baby's symptoms using a pharmacologic treatment such as morphine or nonpharmacologic practices such as skin-to-skin contact, cuddling, and on-demand feeding. Research shows that the Eat, Sleep, Console approach is effective at limiting pharmacologic treatment and may lead to substantial reductions in hospital length of stay.