Why we promote rooming-in

For mom and baby’s health

Rooming in

Not very long ago family and visitors would clamor for prime viewing spots outside the nursery window to see their newborn swaddled, beyond reach and comforting touch. No longer, as hospitals moved from open wards to private rooms,  the practice of rooming-in has become common place. At TMC for Women, rooming-in is the norm, but we’re still asked occasionally, by moms and families, about baby spending time in the nursery.

Why we promote rooming-in

The practice of taking baby to the nursery to ‘give mom a break’or a good night’s sleep might seem logical, but research studies have shown that sleep patterns and breastfeeding are often better established when baby stays with mom and mom with support learns her child’s cues. For this reason we promote 24-hour rooming-in for new moms.

Mom to near 2 year old Felix, Cindy shares her experience rooming-in at TMC for Women,

“I was going to the El Rio Birth Center and wanted to have a natural -birth experience, but that wasn’t in the cards for me. At 41 weeks, it was time to go to the hospital. I was at TMC for two days before Felix was born via C-section. He was 10.5 lbs and a bit of a celebrity for the short time I was there. There hadn’t been such a big baby born in quite a while. After the C-section, our midwife gave Felix to me right away.”

Placed on Cindy’s chest immediately, Felix stayed with mom except for testing and a short time when Cindy was attended to following the C-section.

“The nurses at TMC were very kind, supportive and respectful of my need to have Felix with me at all times. I was there after the surgery for 3 days. It was amazing to have that little guy close to me. I wouldn’t have traded that experience for anything in the world.”

What is the newborn nursery for?

Our newborn nursery is reserved for only those babies who need intensive observation or are having problems that prevent them from staying in their mother’s room.

Moms are encouraged to always keep their baby with them. Mom’s partner or a support person is welcome to stay overnight to help them with the baby, as they bond and get to know one another.

Why rooming-in is important

• Rooming-in promotes successful breastfeeding
• Keeping your baby with you at all times helps both of you sleep better and establish sleep wake cycles. There are also physiological benefits in regulating baby’s blood glucose levels, temperature, and respiratory rate.
• The safest place for the baby is with the parent
• Being together strengthens your bond – the more time you spend together,the better you will know each other
• You will learn your baby’s cues, and the baby will be calmer hearing your familiar voice and your heartbeat
• You will feel more confident in your ability to care for the baby when you go home from the hospital

Resources


Keefe, MR. Comparison of neonatal nighttime sleep-wake patterns in nursery versus rooming-in environments. Nurs Res. 1987 May-Jun;36(3):140-4. [Accessed6-6-2014]

Koskinen, KS.,  AhoAL, Hannula L, Kaunonen M, Maternity hospital practices and breast feeding self-efficacy in Finnish primiparous and multiparous women during the immediate postpartum period. .Midwifery 2014 Apr;30(4):464-70. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.05.003.Epub 2013 Jun 13. [Accessed 6-6-2014]

Having a baby? TMC’s Labor & Delivery receives top honors by Arizona Daily Star readers

BDP35955TMC’s Labor & Delivery was named Best Birthing Center by a recent poll of Arizona Daily Star readers. Readers’ Choice awards also went to TMC for Best Hospital, Best Surgical Weight Loss and Best Emergency Department.

More than 5,000 babies are born at TMC every year. In fact, physicians at TMC delivered 5,527 babies in 2014. With all private rooms, laboring mothers can enjoy walking around the unit while using telemetry fetal monitoring.

Expectant moms know that they and their newborns are in good hands, around the clock. Labor & Delivery has dedicated perinatologists, neonatologists and anesthesiologists who are in house 24-hours a day as well as a level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit that provides advanced care for premature, low birth-weight and critically ill infants.

TMC is also the only hospital in Southern Arizona to participate in the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, giving expectant parents the option to publicly donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood. Donated cord blood that meets a certain set of criteria will be included on the Be The Match national registry where it could save the life of someone with a life-threatening disease who needs a stem cell transplant.

TMC promotes the “Golden Hour” – an hour of skin-to-skin contact with mom and baby for the first hour after birth – as well as 24-hour rooming so that baby never leaves mom’s room unless medically necessary.

Inpatient lactation services are also available seven days a week to help new moms get the hang of breastfeeding. Seven registered nurses who are international board-certified lactation consultants are dedicated to helping women breastfeed their newborns. But the support TMC offers doesn’t stop when baby goes home. Outpatient lactation services are available seven days a week for moms who need extra breastfeeding support, regardless of where they delivered. TMC’s many childbirth classes are noted as the best in the community and are also available to all women, again – regardless of where they will deliver.

Getting babies home safely is also a priority. TMC has had a car seat program for more than 30 years. This includes a car seat loaner program, a special needs car seat program, Children Are Priceless Passengers (C.A.P.P.) in which parents receive education and an appropriate seat for their child for only $35 as well as Boost Your Booty, which offers free booster seats for children over age 5 who weigh more than 40 pounds.

For more information about TMC’s Maternity Services, please click here.

Thank you, Tucson, for trusting us with your growing family.


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