This is the perfect time to begin bonding with your baby, and you are encouraged to spend as much time with her or him as possible. But, considering the tiring ordeal of labor and delivery, you will need your rest and your personal nurse will attend to your needs as necessary. This is the perfect opportunity to learn basic baby care techniques to prepare you and your family for your transition to home. Your nurses will have educational materials for you to review for your own personal care as well as for your baby at home.
The security of mother and baby are of the utmost importance at Bay Medical-Sacred Heart where we use the latest measures to ensure your safety and comfort. Our Women's & Children's Pavilion is a secure unit. No one may enter or exit the floor without staff clearance. Additionally, a security sensor secured to your baby will lock down doors, elevators and set off alarms should your baby come within range of the detector. Another security measure is for you and your baby to have matching identification bands. All Family Birth Center staff members will be wearing pink identification badges with photographs; do not give your infant to anyone who does not display the appropriate badge. If you are unsure about a staff person, contact your nurse immediately.
You can also assist us in providing the safest environment possible by following these few guidelines:
· Compare your bracelet with your infant’s every time your baby is brought to you.
· Do not attempt to remove your baby’s bracelet and other security devices.
· Do not ever leave your baby unattended, even when going to the bathroom or taking a shower.
· Make sure you hand off your baby only to those wearing the pink ID badges.
· Report all suspicious activity to your nurse immediately.
· Question any unfamiliar person entering your room, even those wearing hospital uniforms.
· Encourage your family and visitors to follow Bay Medical-Sacred Heart’s policies and guidelines.
Preparing To Go Home
You will be discharged by your physician, and your baby will be discharged by the pediatrician. In rare cases, some babies need to stay longer for antibiotics, other medical treatment or tests to ensure they are healthy. If this is the case, it will be fully explained to you.
When you both have been discharged by your physicians, your nurse will complete final arrangements and have the baby’s security sensor removed. A member of our staff will escort you to the lobby and wait with you while Dad or another support person pulls your automobile up to the front door. Your baby must be placed in a properly-installed infant carrier/car seat, so please become familiar with their use. We recommend that you visit your local police or fire department to learn how to safely install the carrier/car seat in the car and how to safely place your baby in the seat.