nurseries in hospitals?

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nurseries in hospitals?

I was lurking around some other boards and someone's birth story mentioned the baby being taken to the nursery in the hospital, having to wait for them to bring the baby back...
So that made me wonder, how many hospitals still have nurseries? Mine doesn't, once the baby is born it never leaves your sight or at least a parent is always with him/her, to prevent stolen newborns or switches. Of course the baby stays in the room with mom, I couldn't imagine not having the baby with me. I think I was only away from dd once in the hospital when we were going from the OR to the room but dh had her at that moment.

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I am not quite sure if the one I am delivering at does or not. If my memory serves me right I think they do. However I didn't see any babies in there.

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When Logan was born they took him to the nursery one night so we could sleep and then brought him back when he was hungry...I think he was gone about 4-5 hours. If they offer this time i'll probably decline, it felt kinda weird not having him with us.

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At both hospitals I delivered at they had nurseries. But both offered that the baby can sleep in the room with the mom. At my first hospital/birth center, the parents did all the work. At the 2nd place, if the baby needed a new diaper, I could call them. If I wanted a shower (and husband wasn't around) they would take the baby, if I wanted. It was convenient. I think the 2nd place offered so much because some rooms 3-4 women share rooms and they don't want a constant round of crying for 3 other babies. kwim? My neighbor said she was encouraged by her m/w to get a shared room because it is a great time for meeting other moms and sharing info. She loved it. Other friends HATED it though!

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I used to work in a hospital nursery. Smile
Most moms (I'd say 90%) choose to room in with their babies, but there were always cases where CPS was involved (mom on drugs, prisoner, giving baby up for adoption etc) when the nursery was needed. It's also fairly common for moms that have had C-sections and who don't have someone staying the night with them to have their babies in the nursery. Also, if a baby is having trouble maintaining body temp or blood sugar (and mom is recovering and cannot hold the baby for whatever reason...usually C section) or needs to be under observation for some reason or other, we would keep the babies.

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When I had DS he stayed with us the whole time (I was in for a week!). He was away at the nurses station (not even the nursery) for part of the one night after I had the 3 blood transfusions. He was literally just down the hall.It was at night, so there werent any visitors around. I wasnt allowed to get up or move on my own, and DH needed sleep too. So he was gone about 4-5 hours, and was brought back for food when he was hungry. It was a nice break for DH, and I was so out of it (I dont really remember that week, just bits and pieces of it) that it was probably for the best.

Even under those circumstances, they never asked if we wanted him to go to the nursery. I dont think its "available" unless under certain situations (maybe Csec, and def. if NICU is involved or if its a situation like Joysiloo mentioned.)

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Interesting, I don't even think the nurses at my hospital would ever take the baby out of the room or watch it so I could do something like shower...but my hospital is kinda stupid anyways. I had a c-section with dd and had zero help at all from the nurses and family, really I am not bitter...right. I made do, got up to feed and change her because I had to, didn't have much of a choice. Was better really because moving around more helped with the pain. MIL did come to watch dd so I could shower at least. Maybe this time I will just be more straightforward about needing help, I already plan to pay my niece to help with dd and the dog when I get home because I assume dh will be busy with work and that would just make it easier.

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I delivered both my kids in the same hospital(actually by complete chance, the same room too! Almost 9 years apart. Next time I'm requesting it haha).

Ours is called a Family Maternity Center. All the rooms are single occupant, except for 2 of them, which are each double-occupancy. They are all room-in. The baby stays with you. You labour, deliver, and recover all in the same room. (the doubles are for C/S patients) My DD never was away from me. We did all the diaper changes, etc. The nurses gave her first "bath" to show us. They checked how she was feeding, but basically were just there if we needed them.

With DS, he had to go to the nursery to have his heart rate checked, they had to hook him up to some machine(yeah, I just don't remember). He was there during the night, and I gave the okay for the nurses to give him a bottle of formula while he was in there, and I caught some sleep.

Some other babies were in the nursery, some of them were preemies, I don't know if my hospital has a NICU, it is not a huge hospital, so it is possible that they would transfer to one of the larger hospitals in our area. My niece was born at the big trauma hospital, and she had to go into the NICU there.

Personally, I kind of like the hands-off approach. You have to learn sometime, right? If nurses are doing everything for you right from the get-go, what are you going to do when you get home? Lol.

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My hospital where DS was born has a nursery and we'll delivery there again. When I had Alex it was after 24 hours of labor and we sent him there for the night but brought him back to nurse. You can imagine, I was completely exhausted. Since this one will be a c-section, I'd like to avoid that.

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I sent my DS to the nursery, but my aunt was the head labor & delivery nurse, so I was comfortable with it. DS was born tuesday evening we came home on Sunday (5 nights). A few evenings they had him in the nursery just because he was jaundice and needed to be under the light thing. I was glad to get a little rest, but he was with us a majority of that time. Different hospital this time... I'll have to ask about all then when we do the tour.

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We have nurseries at the 2 hospitals I can choose to deliver at...

With my 1st I was in labor 30hr pushed 4hrs... had no energy to take care of a baby so he went to the nursery so i can sleep

My 2nd I kept him with me the whole time cause pretty fast labor.

3rd son ... I was so tired after labor.. nurses watched him for a while for me.. Only cause my MW gave me a drug that was used on C section patients and she thought she was doing me a favor ... It made me so sleepy I could not hold my son..

But its there if you need it... Labor is tiring and if the help is there and you need it why not.
I know I cannot function if I can't keep my eyes open.

& the Nurses Don't mind at all .
none of the hospitals in my area double up All rooms are private
Also as soon as the baby is born mom and baby both get a 2tags that match so hard to switch you have to confirm it all the time. when they take baby out and come back in.

Also all babies wear these bracelets if anyone come near the doors.. They all lock and LOUD I mean LOUD alarms go off in all hallways.

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"Cassandra83" wrote:

Also all babies wear these bracelets if anyone come near the doors.. They all lock and LOUD I mean LOUD alarms go off in all hallways.

Ours has that too, but dd kept kicking hers off, it was on her ankle, so it sure wouldn't have done any good at all. I think I finally just left it in her bassinet.

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Oh, glad you mentioned the alarm thing! Ours had it too. the doors to the whole wing of the hospital actually automatically lock if a baby goes too close to the door.

And for the matching wrist tags - even DH got a matching wristband to match him to me and DS.

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I take advantage of the nursery at our hospital. I keep baby with me during the day, but at night I let them take the LO and bring her back every 3-4 hours to nurse. That first night, I don't function well enough to be trusted to keep baby with me.
Ours has the ID bracelet for mom/dad/baby and the alarm system too. All of the nurses wear a special type of symbol on their scrubs and they specifically tell you in orientation to look for the symbol before allowing your baby to be taken by one of them.

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The hospital I delivered my girls at didn't have a nursery. They did have a big NICU, but no nursery.
The hospital I had DS at and will have this baby at does have a typical nursery, no NICU. They have billi beds in there and just some basic stuff. DS only went to the nursery when his pediatrician came to check on him each day and for his circ, it was for maybe 20min a day? He didn't leave the room at all right after he was born, they did all the newborn assessment stuff in the room. They encouraged rooming in, and all babies did have special anklets on, nobody could have gotten on an elevator with a baby who still had an anklet on and they couldn't be cut off. I thought it was pretty neat how they worked

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We still have a nursery but they have all that high tech. stuff with the electronic bands-- one goes on the parent and one on the baby and you can't get them off until they cut it off. If somebody goes to close to the elevator, it sets off an alarm and shuts those elevators down. I chose to room-in with my baby-- I let DD go to the nursery for a bit b/c I was so exhausted after her birth but DS stayed with me the whole time and planning the same with this baby.

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The hospital I delivered DD at (and the one I am hoping to deliver the twins in) kinda has a nursery. They have 5 rooms on one side of a hallway and the nursing station/nursery on the other side of the hallway. There are doors on both end of the hallway with the security system that puts the hospital on lock down if the babies get near it. No one can go in the wing unless they have a special braclet.

If you have a normal birth, you do everything in your room. There is only one person per room. If you have a c-sec you are transferred to the surgery wing which is right at the end of the maternity wing.

The nurses offer to do whatever you want them to do. If you want them to watch the baby while you sleep and bring him/her back for feedings - that is what they will do. If you want them to do the changing of diapers - they will or if you want to do it, you can. The nurses there are very good about doing whatever the mother would prefer.

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We have a nursery at our place too. With our first, I kept him with me when I was brought up to my room after having him. That night I opted to having the nurses take him to the nursery and bring him back for feedings. I was SO sore from pushing for so long and SO tired and my hubs wasn't allowed to stay since I had a roomie Sad Not sure what I'll do this time around. It will all depend on how the delivery goes!

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I just found out recently that mine does not have one anymore. It used to, but they got rid of it a year ago. I am okay with that i think. I dont think ill want her to be out of my sight! And nana will be there to take her for a few hours when i just need to sleeeeep lol.

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"countrygirl83" wrote:

I take advantage of the nursery at our hospital. I keep baby with me during the day, but at night I let them take the LO and bring her back every 3-4 hours to nurse. That first night, I don't function well enough to be trusted to keep baby with me.

Its a alot to have went through & i feel the Same
It Don't make me Feel that i don't wan't to take care my baby, I just need to recoup to be able to take care baby

Cause some people say Its your responsibility its your baby i'll never let my baby out my site.
I say to those people Good for you cause we all get tired to the point we just can't function , to Give birth would take every bit of your energy.
I don't wont to risk dropping my baby cause i could not keep my eyes open to stay awake ..

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"Cassandra83" wrote:

Its a alot to have went through & i feel the Same
It Don't make me Feel that i don't wan't to take care my baby, I just need to recoup to be able to take care baby

Cause some people say Its your responsibility its your baby i'll never let my baby out my site.
I say to those people Good for you cause we all get tired to the point we just can't function , to Give birth would take every bit of your energy.
I don't wont to risk dropping my baby cause i could not keep my eyes open to stay awake ..

I agree! I tried to keep dd with me but I was beyond tired, I couldn't hold my head up. Dh stayed with her but he had to go home to take care of our 18 mth. Old who still co-slept and would only sleep with us. So nurseries are great and I know even with ds, I sent him so I could shower.

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Obviously there is no one to take the babe for me (other than DH) because I'm at home. But I think I'm the freak here: I had a complete adrenalin rush after I had DD. She was born at 735 pm, I'd been up since about 3am, I couldn't let her go for 3 hours after she was born, I was just very awake weirdly. Finally I let my MW weigh her, etc. Then my mom, sister, and DH all held her for collectively 30 mins, she came back to me, and I held her until about 2 am, then semi-slept holding her until 7am. Then I was WIDE awake. Everyone kept telling me how exhausted I would be, but I just wasn't. Tell me I'm not the only freak who felt this way?

But I will say, had I not been so awake, I would have gladly handed her off to DH or my sister for a bit. I think mommas deserve all the help they can get after all they go through! No sense in being a martyr when do not have to be, in my opinion.

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"Cassandra83" wrote:

none of the hospitals in my area double up All rooms are private
Also as soon as the baby is born mom and baby both get a 2tags that match so hard to switch you have to confirm it all the time. when they take baby out and come back in.

Also all babies wear these bracelets if anyone come near the doors.. They all lock and LOUD I mean LOUD alarms go off in all hallways.

When I had DD1, they gave me 2 tags too. Also a couple of the hospitals here do the same thing with the bracelets.

I am glad that the hospital that I will be delivering at doesn't double up. I want privacy. Especially when visitors come and I wouldn't want to disturb another new mothers rest or time with her family. With DD1 I was in a double room but there wasn't anyone else in the room with me.

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Also as soon as the baby is born mom and baby both get a 2tags that match so hard to switch you have to confirm it all the time. when they take baby out and come back in.

Also all babies wear these bracelets if anyone come near the doors.. They all lock and LOUD I mean LOUD alarms go off in all hallways. [/QUOTE]

I didnt know this! thats pretty awesome! I mean i guess i always figured there would be some system of course, but its awesome that security can be that tight about the little ones!