Baby-Friendly

 

Henry Mayo’s Baby Friendly designation benefits new mothers and their babies by providing the necessary support to initiate and maintain successful breastfeeding. We believe that the first few days and nights can be the most challenging for mom and baby. Our goal is to provide you with the skills you need to be successful in caring for your baby. The care we provide for you and your family will make this transitional period an easy one. For more information, please call (661) 200-1515.

 

 

Golden Hour

The “Golden Hour“ allows for mom, baby and a support person to have uninterrupted time to bond while mom and baby recover. If you are having a cesarean section, the “Golden Hour“ will be initiated when both mom and baby are stable and will continue through the recovery period until transferred to postpartum.

 

 

Skin-to-Skin

Immediately after birth, we encourage uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact until baby completes the first feeding. Skin-to-skin means that baby is placed belly down, in diapers only, directly on the mother’s bare chest with a warm blanket placed on the mother and baby. A mother’s chest is the best place for the baby to adjust to life in the outside world. Compared with babies who are swaddled or kept in a crib, skin-to-skin babies stay warmer, calmer and cry less. The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin allows mother and baby to begin the bonding process which promotes maternal and infant attachment. Bonding, soothing, and breastfeeding promotes health and well-being of infants and usually continues well after birth. Dads can enjoy skin-to-skin time also.

 

 

Rooming In

To deliver the most up-to-date health care, we now practice full-time rooming-in for you and your baby. This means that you and your baby will be cared for in your room - including all baby care education as well as medical care and feeding. With the support of the nursing staff, rooming-in will allow you to learn feeding cues from your baby and develop confidence in taking care of your baby before your discharge from the hospital. Rooming-in allows infant procedures to be performed at the bedside so that you and your family members feel included in the care of the baby. One nurse takes care of mother and baby.

Our nurses will ensure that all of your personal and medical needs are met 24 hours a day. The care we provide for you and your family will make this transitional period easier for everyone. Our goal is to provide you with the skills you need to be successful in caring for and feeding your baby.

 

 

Delayed first bath

A creamy, protective substance called vernix is present on the skin of many newborn babies. We do not bathe babies in the first day because leaving this substance to absorb into your baby’s skin helps protect against dryness and bacterial infection.