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At Essentia Health, you’ll enjoy care that supports parent-baby bonding from the moment you welcome your little one to the world.
When you choose to give birth at Essentia Health, feel confident you’re delivering at a hospital that supports mother-baby bonding and your choice to breastfeed. That’s because all our birthing centers follow practices outlined by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. This is a global program launched by the World Health Organization and United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Spend the first hour after your baby is born snuggling and getting to know each other. During “the golden hour,” you’ll hold your baby on your chest and, if you choose, try breastfeeding. When you and your baby are undisturbed during this special time, you may benefit from:
Count on your birth care team to help limit visitors during this special time with your newborn.
During your hospital stay, your care team will encourage you or your partner to hold your diaper-clad baby to your chest. This is called skin-to-skin care and helps your baby:
Unless your baby needs special medical attention, your newborn will stay in your hospital room with you. Rooming-in with your baby allows you to:
Your care team is always readily available nearby to provide help whenever you or your baby need it.