Rooming-In After Your Baby's Birth

March 22, 2018

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a new mom’s life.  However, some may find themselves worried or stressed about the delivery and caring for a new baby.  A great start for mom and baby is rooming-in after birth.

Rooming-in means that baby is kept in the hospital room with mom rather than in a nursery.  Having baby close right away is shown by research to be the best way for you and your baby to rest and establish a routine.

This is also a great way to get to know and connect with your new baby.  Babies recognize their parent’s voice, scent and heartbeat.  Your presence relaxes your baby and lowers their level of stress hormones.

“We believe rooming-in is part of family-centered care to help a new mom and family learn how to rest and care for a newborn,” say Women & Children Nurse Manager at Watertown Regional Medical Center, Megan Wierschke.   In fact, the nurses and doctors do their teaching, testing and most procedures right in mom’s room. Families are a critical component in the care of their baby, every step of the way, from the moment they are born.”

Rooming-in has many benefits for baby too.  In addition to lowering baby’s level of stress hormones, baby will develop a more-regular sleep cycle earlier and may help ease the transition of day/night routines.  They also breastfeed sooner, longer and more easily as it helps mom to learn when and how often baby wants to feed.

“The best advice we can give is for parents to rest when your baby sleeps day and night for the first few days,” says Wierschke. “Rooming-in will help you learn your baby’s cues while expert staff is close by to assist you.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Birthing Suites or having your baby at Watertown Regional Medical Center, visit  You may also tour the unit with a nurse every Tuesday at 5pm or Saturdays at 9:00am.