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 all 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. We have several safety features to provide infant security for your baby. Your baby normally stays with you at your bedside from the moment of birth until discharge. Remember, you are part of your baby’s security:
- Never leave your baby unattended.
- Tell your nurse who can and cannot handle your baby.
- If you need to be away from your baby, tell your nurse so she can watch the baby.
Your baby will stay with you in your room unless there is a medical reason for your newborn to be in the NICU.
Only staff wearing a special ID badge are allowed to touch, or take, your baby from your room. All Kaiser Permanente employees wear badges with their name, title, and photograph. Hospital employees with privileges to care for newborns have a red stripe along the bottom of their badge. Only allow staff with this red 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.
For your baby’s protection and security, we have an identification band process. There are four bands, all with the same number. Upon delivery, two identification bands, including the security band, will be placed on your baby. One band will be placed on you, and one on your partner. Your nurse will explain how the security bands work.
All newborns undergo painless lab and hearing screening tests. The hearing test is performed by a newborn hearing screening technician and the lab test, which is a simple, safe, state-mandated test that checks for various genetic and metabolic diseases, 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.
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Support for successful breastfeeding:
You will receive information from your provider on the health benefits and the “how-to’s” of breastfeeding. Learning as much as you can about breastfeeding before the baby comes will help you nurse successfully. We strongly recommend that you attend the Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, before you deliver.
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.
We also offer a Breastfeeding Support Group for mothers who are breastfeeding. The Lactation Consultants extend an open invitation for moms and their babies (3 weeks to 4 months old) to attend the Breastfeeding Support Group. It’s FREE!
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4900 Sunset Blvd., 5th Floor, Station 5C
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Every Thursday: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.