The mother-baby unit is located on the fourth floor of the Salem Health Family Birth Center. This is where you and your new family will spend the remainder of your hospital stay with us. You can expect your stay to be about two days, a little longer if you have had a cesarean section. We’ll check on your frequently after your delivery. Regardless of your delivery, it’s not uncommon to feel pain after your baby arrives. It takes time to heal. Our nursing staff is here to help guide you in what may be the best options to keep you comfortable.
The birthing suite
Birthing suites feature a private bathroom and shower, sleeper couch, rocker glider and crib for baby. Your main support person is welcome to stay the night with you on the sleeper couch—pillows and blankets provided. We encourage you to rest and relax as much as possible during your stay.
A private suite will promote a “rooming-in” experience and facilitate families staying together to promote bonding. Having your baby in the room provides you the opportunity to become more comfortable and confident in your ability to care for your newborn.
Our nurses are here for you
Learning how to care for yourself and your baby, while we are caring for you, is the goal. If scheduling allows, one nurse will be assigned to care for both mom and baby during the shift, usually for eight to 12 hours.
Your nurse will introduce herself to you early in the shift. You, your family and the nurse will discuss how often we will check on you and the baby. If you want to reach your nurse at any time, just push the call button at your bedside.
Call your nurse if you have any questions or concerns such as:
- Changes in your baby’s behavior, color or breathing pattern
- Any feeding difficulties with your baby
- Any security concerns
- Increased vaginal bleeding or swelling
Questions? Just ask your doctor
Your health care providers will make daily visits to see you and your baby, usually in the morning between 7 a.m. and the time their office opens, or in the evening after office hours.
If you have specific questions, write them down so you remember to ask them. If they are needed at any other time, your nurse will call.
Encourage your visitors to wash their hands before holding your baby. Visitors handling your baby need to be healthy. They may use the hand washing cleanser located in each room as well as the sink with running water. Anyone with a cold or other illness is discouraged from visiting in the hospital.
All visitors will have to pick up the phone and be let in by nurses at the desk on the fourth floor, where mother-baby unit is. Please be aware that all doors to Building D will be locked after hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.).