Please excuse my ignorance...

Jessica - posted on 07/27/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Ok so I live in Australia and Ive been reading some of the posts and stuff in other communities. Tell me if im getting this right but Iin America once youve had the baby do they take the baby away and place it in a room with other babies while you go into another room with other women whove just had their baby? How long does that last for. See in Australia once we've had the baby we stay with it, they dont take it away (unless it needs to be for medical reasons) You both go into the maternity ward with every other mum and their babies and you stay together until you get discharged.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/03/2013

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I've had two kiddos here in the US. My first was at Hoag hospital in CA and there they kept taking my baby out of the room with out my permission baby was healthy... and yea there was another woman in the room SHE was allowed to have her partner in the room all night but they kicked my hubby out. Baby #2 I was in the Altamonte Springs Hospital in FL it was a totally different experience, my baby was never taken with out my permission and I had a privet room. The nurse even left the room with out taking the baby when my oldest told her not to touch the baby :). So it just depends on the hospital, nursing staff, ect.

Diane - posted on 08/28/2012

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I'm another aussie here. I had a cesearian with my son and the only time he wasn't with me was on the 3rd night when my milk came in and I asked for him to be taken to the desk as the only way he'd stop screaming was if I was feeding him and my nipples were bleeding. The rest of the time he was with me. I even held him for his 1st check while they were sewing me up. The hospital I had him at didn't even have a well baby nursery. If you wanted to have a break you got the nurses to take your child to the nurses station and they'd hold them until they started showing hungry signs when they'd bring them back to you to feed.

There was a special care nursery there and a nicu but that was it.

Michelle - posted on 08/26/2012

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I'm in Southern New jersey and my son is 2. The hospital I gave birth in doesn't even have a nursery.... My son was in my room the whole time and they would come in to check him and do whatever they needed. He never left my side.

Alana - posted on 07/31/2012

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I would go to the hospital you are planning to birth in and ask them what their policy is. I live in Orange County, CA. and I delivered in Hoag hospital. As soon as my baby was born, they gave him to me to do skin to skin. But he was born with a lung infection so they took him to NICU. But normally, we would have shared a private room together. I was still allowed to visit my baby whenever I wanted so that was good. They also put me on the same floor.

Sinclairbrooks - posted on 07/25/2012

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I live in Des Moines, Iowa. In the two major hospitals here, the birthing rooms are private & the baby stays in the room with you once the initial testing is done, unless you request that they be taken in to the nursery area. Some women have the baby in the room with them from the time they are born until they go home (this is what I did, but did have him go into the nursery for a few hours just so that my husband and I could get some "guaranteed" sleep for a few hours before family started dropping in because my son was born at 1:15 in the morning). There are other mothers who feel they want to rest the entire time in the hospital before they go home & actually have the newborn stay in the nursery and then they go to the nursery to "visit" their baby, or have the baby brought it for visits/feedings. It is pretty much up to the mother - the hospitals do encourage the new mothers to have the newborns in the room, however.

Lisa - posted on 06/12/2012

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That sounds like the movie version of hospital births. :-)

I live in California, and as far back as my first baby (17 years ago), they never removed the baby from my room. My baby was with me the entire time. They had a nursery for the babies, but I didn't use it, and the nurses didn't really encourage it. They wanted my baby to stay with me. I also stayed in the same room the entire time, I never had to change rooms. It was the same for all three hospital births I experienced. But, as others have said, go check out your hospital and prepare your birth plan. Then you'll know what their procedures are and be able to make some choices.

Doreen - posted on 06/09/2012

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the labor room is bigger in some hospitals than other rooms, so sometime the mother will change privet rooms after delivery to a smaller space on the same ward. the baby goes with mom. the nursery is an option and some people encourage trying to use it to rest up for the long nights a head at home with less help.

Cyndel - posted on 06/08/2012

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It depends on where you go. Most hospitals don't any more, but up until about 10 years ago it was common to separate mom and baby for many hours all together during the time they were in the hospital.

Tina - posted on 06/01/2012

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They did absolutely everything in the same room as me hearing test vaccinate and heal prick. I'm in south australia

Nicki - posted on 05/31/2012

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Here in Singapore, you are only allowed to have your baby with you overnight if you are in a single room. If you are sharing, the nurses will bring the baby in when it's time to feed. During the day it is your choice whether they are in the room or in the nursery.

My eldest was with me nearly all the time; they took her off for about an hour after her initial clean-up while I was moved up to the ward. The middle one was a big baby so was taken away a couple of time for blood sugar tests. The youngest was hardly with me at all for the first day as he was coughing blood - they didn't tell me that at the time, only once they had tested and determined that it was mine not his!

Melissa - posted on 05/30/2012

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It depends on the state you live in and the hospital you are delivering in in South Orange county California babies remain with the mom unless there is a complication which requires extra care for either.

Dana - posted on 05/28/2012

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Jennie you should really check out your hospital, or find one that does things the way you want. I gave birth in Boston and my babies stayed with me all the time -- except testing. Most of the US mommies above had the same experience. You may be worrying over nothing.

Jennie - posted on 05/28/2012

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It's the same in England, baby stays with mum, it's what's best for baby! I am dreading have my 4th baby in the states as it is not the same in many ways and not in a good way, if I could go home to have this baby I would. I am not enjoying pregnancy due to stressing about the labor n delivery as so much of it does not make sense. Or is not in mine or my babies interests.

Melissa - posted on 09/02/2009

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Here in TN/VA, I had 3 C-sections. Once the baby is born, they show you the baby then they take the baby to warm, get bath, first shots, etc. for about 2 hours. Then they bring you your baby. I wanted to be with my babies all the time but they said they didn't want me sleeping with the baby in the room. Also, they would take the baby for a few hours during "check", when the pediatrician on call would come and check the babies over. With Sarah, however, they left her in my room all the time, but once a day for a few hours after her "check". She was a bit jaundice from breastfeeding, but all checked out well. :)

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With both of my babies (in WA state) the only time the baby left my site was to go to the nursery to be cleaned up and for testing. Even then my husband was with them. I know in the "old days" the babies would go to the nursery but does not happen much here unless the baby is having difficulties.

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In the hospital where I gave birth, the nurses would take my daughters whenever the doctors needed to look at them. Other than that, it was my choice to have my girls with me or put them in the nursery.

Zoe - posted on 07/29/2009

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Here in Bermuda, babe stays with mummy unless they are sick and then they are in special care baby unit.

Dana - posted on 07/29/2009

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No, we are not separated from our babies in the US unless there are medical issues. In my hospital, mothers got private rooms with their newborns, and fathers were encouraged to stay as well. There was a nursery available to you if you needed a break (ie: shower or a couple hours of sleep), but most moms kept their babies 24 hours. Also, most rooms had private baths large enough for the baby's bassinet to fit while you showered, so you didn't actually need to send your baby to the nursery if you didn't want to. Nursery care was meant to be a help to the families.

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2009

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The hospital I gave birth at had a nursery for the babies, postpartum rooms for the moms, and the Special Care Nursery for sick babies.



Most moms have the choice of either keeping the baby in the room (which is encouraged to promote breastfeeding) or taking the baby to the nursery.



My daughter stayed in the Special Care Nursery for the first two days after she was born (she was born by crash c-section because her heart rate was low), and in my room for the rest of the time.

Kat - posted on 07/27/2009

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It depends on the hospital- but many encourage the baby rooming with Mom.All three of mine were born in tha same room I labored in- and stayed with me there until we were discharged- with the exception of the first physical (and for the boys- circumcision) . Some moms, however have need of more rest- for a myriad of reasons, and their little ones are cared for in the hospital nursery as need be.

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