Emerson Hospital is pleased to be recognized as a "Baby-Friendly" hospital from Baby-Friendly USA. A baby-friendly hospital is a mommy-friendly hospital! Baby-friendly has always been our mission at Emerson, but we took extra steps as part of the worldwide Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to implement practices that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
The designation is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to recognize hospitals offering an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. You can also find more information on the Baby-Friendly Initiative by visiting www.babyfriendlyusa.org.
Here are things you should know
- All healthcare staff are familiar with the infant feeding policy and have been trained to help carry out the policy, including adequately informing all pregnant women about the many benefits of breastfeeding and how to manage breastfeeding after leaving the hospital.
- Your baby will be placed skin-to-skin with you right after birth.
- If you have had a vaginal delivery and there are no complications, your baby will be placed directly on your chest after delivery and remain there until the first feeding is accomplished.
- If you have had a Cesarean delivery and there are no complications, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin as soon as possible, usually in the recovery room.
- Your baby will be able to stay in the room with you at all times, however if the need arises, the nursery is open for your baby. Our team educates all new mothers on how to provide the best care for their newborns and respects their informed decision to do what is best for them and their baby.
- We will refer you to a support group upon discharge.
- If you chose to breastfeed:
- You will be provided instruction and support on how to breastfeed and continue to breastfeed after discharge from the hospital.
- Your baby will only be given breast milk. This means no other forms of food or drink, unless medically necessary.
- Your baby will not routinely receive pacifiers or artificial nipples. Emerson follows the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that you delay pacifier use until breastfeeding is well established - approximately 2 weeks.
- If you chose to formula feed:
- You will be provided instruction about safe preparation and feeding of infant formula.
- Your baby will not routinely receive pacifiers, however they are available if needed.