During your stay
In our Family-Centered Postpartum Unit, you’ll stay in a private room with a private bathroom and shower, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and phone. There will also be a rocking chair, dinette, and a pull-out bed for your partner or support person. One adult support person may stay with you throughout your hospital stay.
Your nurse will help you get comfortable caring for your newborn, and support you through umbilical cord care, diapering, bathing, swaddling, and breastfeeding. When you’re ready to go home, a diaper bag and a manual breast pump are our gifts to you and your new baby.
Meals and snacks
Meals and snacks are provided during your stay — order healthy food from a menu whenever you’re hungry.
Research shows that babies who stay in the same room as their mothers adjust better, and new moms rest and recover better. We keep your baby with you as much as possible throughout your stay, so you can bond and learn to recognize your baby’s needs.
As your new baby’s immune system develops, hand-washing is an important way to prevent infection. Protect your newborn by asking visitors to wash their hands before touching your baby. If anyone is sick — even mildly — ask them not to visit until they are feeling better.
A photographer is available for hire to take photos of your baby, from birth and after you go home. Ask your nurse for more information.
Your baby’s security is important to us. Never leave your baby unattended. If you need to be away from your baby for any reason, let your nurse know so we can make sure your little one is safely cared for.
After your baby is born, you, your baby, and your partner will receive matching wrist bands. A wireless radio frequency band will be placed on your baby’s ankle to make sure he or she remains in the mother-baby unit, which is also equipped with security cameras.
Your baby will stay with you in your room unless there is a medical reason for your newborn to be in the NICU.
All Kaiser Permanente employees wear badges with their name, title, and photograph. Hospital employees with privileges to care for newborns have a purple stripe along the bottom of their badge. Only allow staff with this purple stripe to take your baby from your room for any reason.
If you’re ever uncomfortable with the person who is asking to take your baby from you, use your nurse call button to ask for an additional staff member to confirm the request.
All newborns undergo painless cardiac and hearing screening tests. These tests will be done in the postpartum unit before you go home.
Breast milk is nature’s perfect first food, and breastfeeding can enhance the bond between you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continued breastfeeding through the first year of life.
Support for successful breastfeeding:
- Our Breastfeeding class will help you learn about breastfeeding positions, milk supply, preventing and managing pain, pumping, milk storage, and working while breastfeeding.
- We encourage skin-to-skin contact, which triggers healthy baby behaviors. It helps your little one stay warm on their own, breathe on their own, and learn to nurse.
- All of our labor and delivery and postpartum nurses are trained breastfeeding specialists. We also have a team of internationally board-certified lactation consultants at our hospitals and outpatient breastfeeding clinics.
- For breastfeeding advice 24/7, call our Appointment and Advice line at 1-866-454-8855.
During your visit, a lactation consultant will come to help you while you’re in the hospital. Lactation consultants are also available after you go home. Call the Appointment and Advice line at 1-866-454-8855 for more information.
Leaving the hospital
After you have your baby, you’ll be seen daily by a midwife or obstetrician who will care for you during recovery and help determine when you’re ready to go home. The length of your hospital stay will depend on a variety of factors.
If you have a vaginal birth, you may be ready to go home when your baby is 1 day old. If you have a cesarean birth, you’ll need to stay a bit longer.
Before you leave, you’ll be asked to attend a “Journey Home” class. This class is taught by a pediatrician and a labor and delivery nurse leader, and will provide you advice on such topics as breastfeeding, pumping, managing any residual pain, diapering, and other baby basics. This is a great opportunity to ask any question