MOTHER & BABY

Mother/Baby Unit

Programs and Services - Mother & Baby - Mother/babyAfter your recovery in Labor & Delivery, you and your baby will transfer to the Mother/Baby Unit. Our nurses will welcome you to your large private room, equipped with a daybed for your partner. They will make you comfortable, orient you to the room, and review routine and safety precautions with you. Emergency equipment is located in each room for the safety of mom and newborn.

Your baby will go to the nursery for a brief period for a bath and observation. After observation, your baby will be brought back to you, and you will be cared for together. During your stay, you will receive detailed instructions from the nursery nurse on how to care for yourself and your baby when you go home.

While you recover, tune to St. Joseph's 24-hour TV channel about newborns, which will give you additional helpful information about caring for your baby. Our on-site photography service will provide you with a digital photo of your new baby.

Your Nurses

The Mother/Baby nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center realize that having a baby is exciting and overwhelming. That’s why these nurses are here to teach new moms what you need to know to take care of your precious infant, including bathing, feeding and changing diapers. Our nurses also care for moms, monitoring your physical and mental health. And they do it all with a reassuring personal touch. Their goal is to help alleviate anxiety and discomfort, and to help parents transition into their exciting new role.

Security

Keeping your baby safe is a vital priority at St. Joseph Medical Center. We maintain a sophisticated security system, and all Mother/Baby areas require badge access.

Lactation Services

St. Joseph offers lactation consultant services to support new moms who want to breastfeed. Our lactation consultants are registered nurses with specialized training and certification in counseling, education and support for breastfeeding mothers. The WarmLine, 410.337.3994, gives you direct phone access to a St. Joseph lactation consultant. Breast pump sales and rental are also available for your convenience.

Baby Name Blessing

The Spiritual Care Department of St. Joseph Medical Center offers a service to bless a new family and name the baby. It is offered to all families upon request and can be a spiritually meaningful way to welcome a new life into the family.