Frequently Asked Questions

Mother Baby Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I go home?

Generally our Gyn-Surgical clients and Cesarean section patients go home in 48-72 hours, our mothers with a first child in 48 hours, and our mothers who've had more than one child after at least 24 hours. Our infants are generally discharged in 48 hours and ALWAYS with a parent. Each patient is unique so discuss your discharge plan with your doctor and your infant's doctor.

Do you have a nursery?

To support the bonding process between infant and parent and promote infant safety/security we have the mother and infant remain together during the entire recovery period. In the event your infant needs extra attention we have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and an intermediate care nursery (ICN) available.

What does ‘rooming in’ mean?

This is a transition time allowing the mother and infant who was in NICU for a prolonged period of time to stay together with NICU staff support to ensure that the parent is aware of and is able to handle the special needs of the infant at home. On Mother-Baby Unit 3-South, we provide the rooms as they are available. However, the parent is responsible for her personal needs and meals.

I am being discharged from the hospital but my baby has to stay another day. What happens now?

You will be able to stay with your infant in a ‘rooming-in’ status until your infant is discharged or transferred to the ICN or NICU. Since you are no longer an inpatient you will need to provide your own meals and will need to go to the clinic or emergency room if you have a question about your health.

My baby is in the NICU and I am breastfeeding. Can I stay on Mother-Baby Unit 3-South?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide boarding rooms on our ward for our moms while their child is in the unit. Coordination is made between yourself and the NICU staff to find accommodations.

I saw one doctor yesterday evening but I saw another doctor this morning. Who is overseeing my care?

We are a teaching facility so your care is being managed by a team of doctors who collaborate with other services to ensure your needs are met.

Who do I call if I have a question about my health once I'm home from the hospital?

Before you and your baby are discharged, the Mother-Baby Unit 3-South team will schedule your first well baby check appointments (two day and two week appointments) with the Pediatric Clinic. If you have any issues associated with postpartum, please contact your OB-GYN provider up until six weeks after delivery. Beyond six weeks, please contact your primary care manager for your healthcare needs.

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Phone Numbers

TRICARE Appointment Line: (800) 404-4506
OB/GYN Clinic: (253) 968-1406
Lactation Consultant: (253) 968-2774
(253) 968-1844

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