Caring for You & Your Baby


Sleeping Newborn

After your baby is born, you will be moved to a postpartum room where you will stay until you leave the hospital. There, you will find a flexible and relaxed environment where you can recuperate, get to know your baby, and receive personalized care. Most patients stay in the hospital two nights after a vaginal birth and four nights after a cesarean. We encourage you to keep your baby in your room as much as possible while you are in the hospital. We call this "rooming-in." There are many health benefits to rooming-in for both you and your baby when you stay together throughout their hospitalization. This helps you get to know one another more quickly and is also important in the establishment of breastfeeding.

Postpartum Nursing Care

After your delivery, you will be transferred to a private room on the postpartum floor. Here, you will receive care by your primary nurse, who will support you and your partner as you learn to care for your baby. Our obstetrical nurses have a long tradition of combining professional excellence with personalized care. From preconception to post delivery, our nursing staff provides seamless care and support programs to meet a range of maternity care needs. All of our nurses have completed special training as breastfeeding educators.

With patients and their well being at the heart of everything that they do, our nurses strive to ensure that each patient at the Beth Israel Deaconess receives personalized and compassionate care of the highest quality. Long considered leaders in the development of professional standards in nursing practice, our nursing staff continues to work to define and protect quality patient care in the face of our changing health care.

Breastfeeding Support

A complimentary drop-in postpartum support group is offered on Wednesdays from 12pm-1:30pm at BIDMC, 330 Brookline Avenue, Feldberg 6 Solarium, led by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Please join us for assistance and support around breastfeeding your baby. The group is free and registration is not required. For questions contact the Parent Connection at 617-667-BABY.

Our certified lactation postpartum nursing staff will support and assist you with breastfeeding while in the hospital. We also know some need extra support after baby is home. Please click here for more information on breastfeeding support include weekly support groups led by certified lactation consultants.

We are also available at 617-667-5765 for any questions as well as assistance with finding community support.

Need help keeping track of when your baby feeds, how much and how many dirty diapers? Download and print our 24-hour breastfeeding log.