During your stay, our staff will work to meet all of your needs. Your obstetrician and pediatrician will check in with you and your baby daily. And our nursing staff will teach you and your family everything you need to know to prepare you for a safe and confident return home with your new baby.
As part of the CHOP Care Network, pediatricians and neonatologists from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia care for patients on our Pediatric Unit, in our Well Nursery, in Labor & Delivery and in our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These physicians are on-site at Grand View Hospital 24/7 for those in the nursery, those who need additional care and those who have experienced a complicated birth, or for an emergency consultation.
Fetal monitoring often restricts laboring moms from moving around. We offer moms a new Bluetooth-enabled monitoring system that completely eliminates the wires and belts that can limit comfort and prevent mobility. Now you can turn in bed, walk around the room, use a peanut ball and even shower—all while we continually monitor your heartbeat, your baby’s heartbeat, and the frequency and duration of your contractions.
At The Birth & Family Center, we practice couplet care, a model of caring that emphasizes mother and baby being cared for together, as a pair or “couplet,” during their entire hospital stay by the same nurse. Rooming in is highly encouraged for all healthy newborns. When mother and baby room together, your baby will know you are nearby. Baby will smell your scent and hear your voice. Couplet care also helps parents quickly learn their baby’s sleep patterns, breathing, hunger cues and feeding schedule. And it allows you to participate in all of your baby’s care, from the newborn bath to diapering to learning different comfort measures that calm your baby.
Rooming in also facilitates skin-to-skin contact, which helps newborns regulate their body temperature and glucose levels. Studies have shown that, when babies room in with their mother, they bond sooner, cry less, soothe more quickly, spend more time quietly sleeping, have greater breastfeeding success, maintain a more stable body temperature and stay healthier.
Couplet care also means that all of your baby’s routine assessments and screenings will occur right in your room, allowing you the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.
Soon after birth, babies use their senses to get to know you and begin to recognize your scent. Infants feel safest when they can sense, hear and smell their mothers, and being near you makes it easier for them at adapt to life outside the womb. So, whether you’re relying on our expert nurses to care for your infant in our nursery or practicing couplet care, we encourage skin-to-skin contact. Studies show this helps calm and relax mom and baby, regulates the baby’s heart rate, breathing and body temperature, and stimulates digestion and interest in feeding.
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We know that keeping your baby safe and sound is your biggest priority—and it’s one of ours too. The Maternity, Labor & Delivery, Nursery and NICU are all locked units, visually monitored by department staff and Security 24 hours a day. Each baby also wears a small security alarm bracelet that monitors their location at all times.
Additionally, you and your infant both receive identification bands immediately after birth, which you both will wear until you’re discharged from the hospital. Each time you and your baby are separated for any reason, maternity staff will check the bands.
Nitrous oxide is one of many options available at The Birth & Family Center to help women manage pain and decrease anxiety during labor and delivery. It is an odorless, tasteless gas inhaled by patients who place a mask over their face. The effects of nitrous oxide will be gone within a few seconds of pulling the mask away from the face. Studies show that nitrous oxide is safe for mothers, babies and healthcare providers, with no severe side effects. Learn More.
There are many different options for pain relief during labor, and we’re committed to providing one that allows you to experience your baby’s birth exactly as you envision it.