Becoming a Mother
So, this is it. Your big day is here. Once you arrive at Johns Hopkins Bayview, our labor and delivery nurses are with you and your labor coach every step of the way.
You will deliver in a modern, beautifully furnished labor and delivery room (LDR). Here, mothers and their partners stay in one room to labor, deliver and bond with their newborns during the initial period after delivery. Each LDR has a private bathroom, complete with a shower, television and comfortable seating area. Click here for a virtual tour of the Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby Units (Quicktime movie).
Once your baby is born, you will stay in a postpartum room, designed for the special needs of new mothers and their babies. Our family-centered approach encourages baby "rooming in" so you and your newborn can get to know each other. Of course, if you want, your baby can be cared for in our newborn nursery while you enjoy some needed rest. For your little one's safety, the Medical Center has a security system which you will learn about upon admission.
Our nurses will teach you how to care for your newborn. You'll learn about feeding, bathing and changing diapers. We'll teach you umbilical cord care, how to take a temperature and even how to use a bulb syringe when baby's nose is congested. If you've chosen circumcision for your baby, we will teach you how to care for that as well. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions about your baby so that you are better prepared once you return home. If you choose to breastfeed, our lactation consultant (breastfeeding expert) can answer your questions and provide support. Just as important, you can use this time to discuss the extraordinary change in your life.
Caring Staff, Sophisticated Technology
Your newborn's health is important to us. During the first few hours after your baby's birth, specially trained caregivers perform a thorough examination, called a Newborn Assessment. Your baby will be examined from head to toe. We will monitor your baby's temperature and check vital signs such as heart and respiratory rates. We'll also give your baby his or her first sponge bath. In addition, you can take comfort in knowing that pediatricians and neonatologists are available around the clock.
Continuing Support for New Moms and Babies
Congratulations on your newest addition to the family! Having a new baby is a monumental adjustment, but one that brings its own set of special rewards.
Questions don't stop once you leave the hospital. For many moms, that's precisely when questions begin. That's why Johns Hopkins Bayview continues caring for new mothers, even when they return home. For your health, be sure to schedule a six week follow-up visit with your obstetrician to ensure that your recovery is progressing well. Our lactation expert will contact you to assist with breastfeeding or babycare issues. If you need a pediatrician, we can help you find one at the Children's Medical Practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview. You may contact us anytime. There is no question is too small and no concern too insignificant.
Partnerships in Advanced Medical Care and Compassion
Bringing new life into the world is an honor. Doctors, certified nurse mid-wives and nurses agree that with this honor comes a responsibility to provide the highest standards of care, using sophisticated technology and expertise. This is the reason our each member of our medical team constantly takes the initiative to learn more through earning board certifications, achieving advanced professional training and mastering state-of-the-art equipment.
The obstetrical nursing team at Johns Hopkins Bayview has achieved the highest standards of professional accreditation. Our nurses are nationally certified in obstetrical nursing, fetal assessment for high-risk mothers, neonatalogy, lactation consulting and childbirth education.
Mothers-to-be may prefer a certified nurse-midwife. Trained in all aspects of a woman's life cycle, nurse-midwives provide preconception care, family planning, well-woman gynecology and support through pregnancy and delivery. Our nurse-midwifery service offers the best of both worlds: a highly professional and personal approach backed by the modern obstetrical resources of a teaching hospital.
Your care team also includes some of the region's finest physicians. On staff are obstetricians, a perinatologist (a specialist who cares for high-risk pregnancies and deliveries) and neonatologists. Our team of anesthesiologists is on staff, around-the-clock, to help you make decisions about pain control during labor.
This expertise, which spans many medical disciplines, means comprehensive care for all expectant moms. It also means exacting attention, including extensive monitoring, frequent scheduled appointments and a personalized care plan, for the healthiest outcomes possible. If the need arises, our doctors and nurses have the knowledge to help tiny babies in the NICU breathe independently earlier, learn to eat sooner, and grow faster. Complementing this care, the obstetrical staff knows the importance of touch, whether through a reassuring hug for an anxious mother or by encouraging parents to caress their newborn.