Rooming In

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The concept of rooming in, when your baby stays in the same room with you, is designed to involve families in the baby’s care during the first few days after birth. Norton Healthcare encourages rooming in as part of our family-centered approach.

Rooming in allows you and your baby to be cared for by the same nurse in the same room. Studies show that keeping mom and baby together promotes bonding and better prepares them both for going home.

Rooming In Helps Get Families Ready to Go Home

  • Leads to better quality sleep for mom and baby
  • Boosts confidence in caring for baby
  • Helps you learn baby’s cues (hungry, tired, distressed)
  • Encourages bonding by including other family members
  • Provides a supportive environment for breastfeeding
  • Encourages infant care questions from parents and family
  • Reduces the likelihood of mom experiencing “baby blues”

It’s important for new parents to learn how to rest when baby sleeps. Rooming in helps this rhythm happen naturally.

Rooming in also is ideal because newborns eat frequently and find comfort and security in being close to their parents. Keeping baby with you helps you learn how to feed and care for your newborn while our staff is close by to assist.

Whatever your wishes are during this exciting time, it’s our goal to provide you with the best possible care while preparing you to care for your baby at home.

What to Expect from Norton Women’s Care

More mothers in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose to deliver their babies at Norton Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital than with any other hospital system in the area.

We deliver more than 8,000 babies a year. We’re close to you with more than 90 providers at more than 25 locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana. Choosing Norton Women’s Care gives you many options for how delivery day could go — all with the confidence of knowing that our obstetrics and pediatric specialists are there to help. With Norton Women’s Care, you’ll find:

  • The birth experience you want: You can choose natural childbirth, a midwife, labor tub, nitrous oxide and other birthing options. We’ll recommend a C-section (cesarean section) or induced labor only if it’s medically necessary.
  • Preparation: Our specialists offer the support you need, including free Lamaze and other childbirth classesnew parent classesbreastfeeding supportchild safety classes and more.
  • Confidence and quality in care: Norton Women’s Care has been recognized as High Performing — the highest rating available — for maternity care with fewer complications and C-sections, plus breastfeeding support and other benefits.
  • We offer the highest-level (Level IV) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Louisville and Southern Indiana at Norton Children’s Hospital, and a sophisticated Level III NICU at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
  • Around-the-clock OB/GYN care is available at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital emergency departments.
  • Our board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists  can help guide you through a high-risk pregnancy, from treating preexisting diabetes in the pregnant patient to a fetal echocardiogram to diagnose a congenital heart condition before a baby is born.
  • Medicare, Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans are accepted.
  • Convenient access to your medical record: Communicate with your health care provider, get lab results, renew prescriptions and more through your free Norton MyChart account.

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