'Rooming in' helps new moms and babies at Huntsville Hospital

'Rooming in' helps new moms and babies at Huntsville Hospital

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Back in the day when a baby was born it was whisked back to the nursery but protocol is changing.  Huntsville Hospital has initiated "Rooming in".

During our visit, Nora Kate was turning 24-hours-old. The time after her birth was much different than when her big brother was born, according to her mom, Kymberly Hooper.

"We have a 4-year-old that we had and he was constantly having to be took back to the nursery.  And he was always gone for tests and stuff," said Kymberly. "This time, she's gotten a bath, hearing test, everything is done in the room and it allows us more contact with her and not having to leave the room."

Nora Kate and her parents took part in a special program at Huntsville Hospital.

"Being in here all the time and not having the nurses to go get her, allows the breastfeeding to go better," said Kymberly.

Dad, Bradley Hooper said it's easier to establish a routine.

"I think it's wonderful," said Bradley. "Just that bonding moment you have with the baby, it starts a lot quicker. And just getting to know mom and dad, it's nice."

In the case of Nora Kate, her dad plays a very big supportive role and he said he loves the program.

"It's already like I said working on that routine," said Bradley.

Clinical Educational Specialists for the mother/baby unit at Women and Children Jeanette Atkinson said the program is called Rooming In, which means that moms and babies are going to stay together after delivery in the mother's room.

Atkinson said that skin to skin contact helps the mother produce hormones for successful breastfeeding and helps babies keep their temperature at a normal range and has a calming effect on the baby.

"So from one to three in the afternoon we kind of dim down the lights. We kind of make a quiet environment to set mom up some quiet time," said Atkinson. "We say mom we're not going to interrupt you unless you need us, because when you are in the hospital you get a lot of staff in and out of the room.  So we're going to allow that peaceful time to have skin to skin,  breastfeed, bond with her baby and also to rest.  That way she will be prepared for night time feeding."

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