The New Beginning Birth Suites
proudly offers a nationally recognized, award winning Family-Centered Maternity
Care nursing model to the women and families in Lebanon County.
Family Centered Maternity
Care is baby friendly and features mother-baby nursing. New Beginning Birth
Suites has earned national recognition for exemplary programs and services in
Family Centered Maternity Care. Following an intensive on-site evaluation,
Hill-Rom, an industry leader in patient care, announced The Good Samaritan
Hospital as a top 3 finalist for the 2005 Family Centered Maternity Care
New Beginning Birth Suites'
mission and philosophy of care guide our family friendly nursing staff in
helping you with the new relationships and responsibilities of a growing
What Is Family-Centered Maternity Care?
The birth of
your baby represents the birth of a family as well. You and the people who are
important to you are forming a new relationship with new responsibilities to
each other, to your baby, and to society as a whole.
care may be defined as care that recognizes the importance of these new
relationships and responsibilities. The goal of family-centered care is to
obtain the best possible healthy outcome for all members of the family, both
individually and as a group. (Definition: The International Childbirth Education
Association Board of Directors, 1986.)
Family-centered care does not
expect you to care for your infant alone when your baby is with you. Instead, a
family-oriented nurse will care for both you and your baby, nurturing the
bonding and attachment process; in fact, caring for your whole family. Whoever
you call family will be included. Your mother-baby nurse will be sensitive to
provide care that is flexible for your individual family needs.
Is Mother-Baby Nursing?
Mother-baby nursing is part of family-centered
The Good Samaritan Health System understands that your baby
belongs to you, to your family, and not to the hospital. We are committed to
giving each of you the education and support your family needs to welcome your
new baby into your lives and your routines.
Mother-baby care is not the
same as rooming-in, where you are expected to care for your baby by yourself.
Instead, the same nurse cares for both mother and baby in the comfort and
convenience of your room.
By caring for your baby at your bedside,
mother-baby nurses promote bonding and attachment. As a result, babies are happy
and you, as new parents, will leave the hospital more confident in your
What Are the Benefits of Family-Centered Maternity
Care and Mother-Baby Nursing?
There is better communication between
healthcare providers, including obstetricians and pediatricians who work with
one nurse instead of two.
- Your questions are answered quickly because your
nurse cares for you and your baby.
- You and your nurse have a closer relationship
because you spend more time with your nurse while she cares for you and your
- You receive better education as your mother-baby
nurse demonstrates baby care at your bedside. She will also teach you how to
best care for yourself.
- You don't miss special moments with your baby.
Because the baby care takes place in your room, you share in the special moments
and have more quiet time getting to know your baby.
- There is increased security. Although no one likes
to think about it, there are fewer opportunities for abduction to occur if
infants are not traveling between mother's room and a nursery.
- Babies cry less. Studies have shown that babies
actually cry much less when they are close to their mothers.
- There is less chance of infection. Because your baby
is not routinely exposed to other infants in a nursery, the possibility of
getting an infection from another baby is reduced.
- Feeding is convenient. You can feed your baby
whenever your little one is hungry. If your baby is in a nursery, there could be
a delay before a nurse brings the hungry baby to you, especially if several
babies become hungry at the same time.
- Breastfeeding is likely to be more successful. If
babies are fed on demand, breastfeeding is more likely to get off to a good
start. Since breastfeeding works on supply and demand, the more your baby
nurses, the more your breasts are stimulated to produce milk.
- Family bonding is promoted, and babies begin to
learn to sleep during the night. Your baby will begin to learn routines right
from the start, and you will learn your baby's needs.
baby in mother's room will:
- Cry much less
- Seldom startle
- Stay warm and
- Encourage mother's mature
breast milk to
"come in" sooner
parents are nearby to closely nurture and answer cries.
Birth Suites Mission Statement: New Beginning Birth Suites is totally
committed to help maintain and when possible maximize the health of the
childbearing woman, her infant and her family. The patient's family (as defined
by her) is considered an integral part of her care and is encouraged to remain
with her throughout the birthing process. Teaching will be instituted to promote
active participation in the patient's health care.
This unit exists to
meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the antepartal, intrapartal,
and immediate postpartum patient.
New Beginning Birth Suites
Philosophy of Care: It is our belief that each family is special in its' own
way. Our goals are:
- to make your birth
experience a joyous occasion
- to offer the best care
- to provide education
needed to support you as you adjust to the growth of your family
- to respect your beliefs
while helping to make the most of your expectations