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Advantages of Family Centered Care

Family Centered Maternity Care is provided by a hospital team that assists the family in making informed choices about their labor, delivery and postpartum care. The team strives to give the family the experience they desire. We support the father and/or other supportive persons of the mother’s choice and their active involvement in the birth process. Mothers are encouraged to keep their babies in their rooms at all times through our “rooming in” service.

Bonding

  • Provides an environment for the parents to learn about their baby’s responses and sleep-wake cycles
  • Special moments are not missed – when babies spend most of their time in a nursery, their early facial expressions and first coos are often missed
  • Provides individualized, one-on-one attention
  • Provides immediate educational opportunities and teachable moments

Newborn Care

  • Facilitates earlier establishment of biological rhythms with flexible feeding and sleeping according to individual baby’s needs
  • Fosters successful breastfeeding
  • Families see firsthand the good care their baby is receiving. They are not anxious, wondering if the crying they are hearing is coming from their baby
  • Increases maternal self-confidence in caring for her infant

Communication

  • Better communication – because there is one nurse on each shift for both mother and baby, communication is consistent; questions are answered more efficiently
  • Obstetrician, pediatrician and midwife all work with the same nurse, rather than one nurse for the mother and one for the baby
  • Increases educational opportunities