After Your Baby’s Delivery
You may be both overwhelmed and curious at the thought of caring for this tiny, fragile-seeming being on your own. The Stamford Health staff in Stamford Hospital's Mother/Baby Unit is understanding and supportive of your new family, and make sure you can access the services you need in a safe and secure manner.
During your stay, we encourage you to “room in” with your baby. You and your baby will be seen daily by your obstetrician and pediatrician. Mother-baby nurses care for you and your baby until you return home. Our nurses provide compassionate, expert nursing care that is tailored to your family’s needs.
We also hold Mother-to-Mother support groups every week for new moms to get together and discuss parenting topics, as well as get to know other moms and babies in the area. For parents whose children were in our NICU, Tiny Miracles Foundation provides personal support, matches new parents with mentors, and manages a resource room and website to provide more information.
Women's Health Premium Amenities Package
Bringing a baby into the world is one of the most significant life-changing moments. That’s why Stamford Hospital is happy to offer expectant mothers and a guest the option of a unique stay with deluxe accommodations.
Request Premium Amenities
Please call 203.276.7727 to purchase these services.
If you’re planning on delivering with us, we invite you to explore our Premium Amenities package, our hotel-style offer designed especially for you and a guest. Premium Amenities is strictly an amenities program. The purchase of amenities does not impact or influence the level of care you’ll receive as a patient. This program is not covered by insurance.
Here’s what’s included for an additional charge:
- Distinctive food selections from a special menu, including room service style dinners
- Upgraded bed linens and towels, plush robes and slippers for added comfort
- Your own refrigerator and basket with fruit, snacks and beverages, replenished daily
- L’Occitane luxury toiletries
- Do you have a friend or family member who would enjoy this program? Give them the perfect baby shower gift—make Premium Amenities part of their stay at Stamford Hospital.
Support and Safety
Lactation and Breastfeeding
After your delivery, your mother-baby nurse will educate you on proper positioning and methods for breastfeeding. We have a dedicated staff of board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) at Stamford Hospital who provide the following services:
- Daily rounding on all mothers
- Breast feeding classes on the unit
- Expert consultation for problems with the nursing couplet including NICU babies
- Pump rental
- New mother’s support group
- Free post-discharge consultation
In addition, we offer breastfeeding group classes for inpatients only. It provides new moms with helpful tips and techniques for breastfeeding after giving birth and is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) instructor.
We make sure your baby is never left unattended in your room. You may transport him or her in a rolling bassinet to and from the nursery along with your chosen labor partner or hospital staff. For safety, we never carry babies in the hallways. For yours and your baby’s added security, our staff enforces the following:
- Baby’s Name: We admit your baby under your name (e.g. Baby Boy Jones). Your baby’s legal surname will be determined by what you place on your birth certificate worksheet we’ll help you complete during your stay.
- ID Bands: Your nurse will complete a set of four identical ID bands during your recovery period in labor and delivery. For security, we imprint the same number on each band which includes your name, your baby’s medical record number, the date and time of birth, and your baby’s gender. Please note: Two of the bands will be placed on your baby’s ankles, one on your wrist, and the third on the person of your choice.
- Footprints: Your delivery room nurse will take a print of your index finger and your baby’s feet to place in our medical record. We’ll give you a copy as a keepsake and would be happy to take extra prints for any baby book you bring.
Additional Testing and Procedures
- Metabolic Screening: The state of CT screens all infants for more than 40 rare metabolic and genetic disorders, including cystic fibrosis. Early detection can help prevent severe and irreversible health problems. On your baby’s second day, we’ll take a sample of blood to send to the state laboratory and later your infant’s primary care provider.
- Jaundice: We screen all babies for jaundice which is a yellow pigment in the skin. Jaundice occurs during the process of normal red blood cell breakdown. While some jaundice is normal, a high level can be harmful. We detect it by placing a monitor on your baby’s forehad for a few seconds. If the reading is higher than normal, we’ll take a blood sample to send to the hospital laboratory.
- “Heelstick” Blood Test: This means we take a sample of blood from the baby’s heel to check for anemia and low blood sugar.
- Hearing Screening Test: CT requires all infants to be tested for hearing problems. The test is simple and non-invasive. In some cases, infants with normal hearing do not pass and should be seen by a specialist after discharge.
Vaccines and Other Treatments
- Hepatitis B: This is a virus that affects the liver. It can be fatal and result in a baby becoming a carrier of the disease for life. If you’re a carrier, your baby will receive a vaccine and immunoglobin to prevent the disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies get three doses of the vaccine. Please note that we will not administer the vaccine at the hospital without your signed consent.
- Vaccines and Testing for Moms: Our Infectious Disease department recommends giving you the following vaccines: Tdap, Influenza, Rubella, and RhoGAM. Your complete blood count will also be taken, as well as RPR, a state required screening test for syphilis. We’ll be sure to provide you with all the information so you can make an informed decision.
- Vitamin K Injection: We highly recommend your baby get this injection. It will protect your baby from getting a severe, potentially fatal bleeding disorder that can develop in the newborn period. Maternal vitamin K supplementation and breastfeeding is not enough. If you don’t want your baby to have this shot, you must make arrangements with your pediatrician before your delivery, and then let the nursery know when your baby is admitted.
- Erythromycin Eye Ointment: Per CT state law, we give this appropriate dosage of antibiotic to all babies up until the end of the first hour in the delivery room to prevent the transmission of gonorrhea and/or chlamydia. Side effects include slight redness and puffy eyelids. If you’re allergic to erythromycin, your baby may still get the antibiotic.
Umbilical Cord Cutting
Cutting your baby’s umbilical cord does not cause any pain whatsoever, but you may choose not to cut the cord if you wish unless you’re having a cesarean birth. Unless your baby requires emergency treatment immediately, we’ll cut the umbilical cord one minute after birth to allow more blood from the placenta to reach your baby.
This procedure is performed here in our nursery by your family’s pediatrician. He or she will discuss the risks and benefits of circumcision, and you’ll be asked to sign a consent form should you choose to follow through. Note that circumcision can be painful, but studies have shown that the discomfort is lessened by swaddling the baby’s upper body, giving him or her a pacifier with sugar water, or by administering an injection of numbing medication. We monitor all babies who are circumcised every 4 hours over the course of 24 hours.