After the birth of your baby, you will be transferred to a private room in the Family Suites for postpartum care and to spend the remainder of your hospital stay. You will benefit from the specialized care of registered nurses who are trained in both the care of a newborn and providing special support to new mothers.
Within 24 hours of the birth and once again before discharge, your child will be examined by a pediatrician. If your pediatrician is not associated with Signature Healthcare, or if you do not have a pediatrician, your obstetrician may arrange for a Signature Healthcare pediatrician to care for your child while you are in the hospital.
Feeding Your Baby
The staff of the Maternal Newborn Pavilion support your informed choice to feed your baby. In order for you to make the best decision for you and your family, you should be well informed about these choices. Our childbirth education programs can help you obtain the correct information. Your nurse can help you position and handle your baby for feeding while you are in the suite and help you make arrangements necessary for discharge. The Maternal-Newborn Pavilion has a certified lactation consultant, specially trained in breastfeeding support, and is available seven days per week. After hospital discharge there is a postpartum breastfeeding education support program available to assist you as well as a breastfeeding warmline at 508-941-7353.
Circumcisions are performed with parental consent during the hospital stay. Our nurses and your pediatrician can discuss medical aspects of circumcision and will provide instructions regarding your child’s care after the procedure.
Before Going Home - Car Seat
Massachusetts State law requires all babies be transported in an approved safety seat . Please familiarize yourself with your car seat before coming to the hospital by reviewing your car seat instructions and practice securing it in your car. If your baby is premature or smaller than average he/she will need a car seat test before hospital discharge. If needed, this test will be explained to you by the hospital staff.
Financial questions or concerns can be directed to our financial counselors at 508-941-7283. We recommend the completion and prompt return of pre-registration forms as it will facilitate the administrative part of your hospital stay.