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 pink stripe along the bottom of their badge. Only allow staff with this pink 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. The hearing test is performed by a newborn hearing screening technician and the cardiac test, which looks at your baby’s heart health, will be performed by your nurse. 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. Our nurses and lactation consultants will provide you with breastfeeding techniques to help your baby start breastfeeding before leaving the hospital.
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Breastfeeding support for you and your baby
After you leave the hospital, breastfeeding support is available 24/7. Our nurses can answer your questions and refer you for additional help if needed. Call 408-362-4740.
Newborn care center – San Jose
Lactation specialists are available for one-on-one support by appointment. By appointment: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 408-362-4740.
Lactation support – Gilroy
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment. Call 408-362-4740.
Breastfeeding support group – San Jose
New moms and their babies can share ideas and make new friends at this weekly support group facilitated by a lactation educator. Bring your breastfeeding concerns or questions. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Family Health Center, 3rd floor.
Breastfeeding support group – Gilroy
Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Located in the conference rooms. No fee. Kaiser Permanente members only.
Breastfeeding pump rentals – San Jose
Find breast pumps available to rent through the Pediatric Department. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Location: 276 International Circle, Family Health Center, 1st floor.
- Call 408-972-6905 for more information.
The “Breastfeeding with Success” 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.
Gilroy Medical Offices – TLC
7520 Arroyo Circle
Gilroy, CA 95020
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Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Call 408-848-4690 for more information
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- Peripartum Emotional Health Support Services: In this ongoing weekly series, you’ll learn about depression and anxiety during and following pregnancy. Each Tuesday, 10 to 11:30am, beginning October 27. No fees. Babies under 1 year old are welcome. For more information, or to register, call 1-408-972-3340.
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