The doctors, nurses, midwives, and other staff at the hospital are there to HELP. Their job is to make sure your baby is safe, healthy, and comfortable. They’re also there to make sure that you are safe, healthy, and comfortable!
Some women face real barriers to staying in the hospital with their new baby. Transportation needs, duties at home, and program requirements are some examples of these challenges. Hospital social workers can help you find solutions.
Remember that you are the expert. You are the authority and in control of your care and the care of your baby.
YOU are the MOM.
You’re the most important person in this baby’s world. Everyone involved in your baby’s care: the doctors, the nurses, your team members, they are all working with you and your baby toward the same goal. But you are the leader of this team. It’s okay if you can’t be there because it’s not safe or possible. But if you can, try and be present with your child as much as you’re able.
You are getting to know your baby, and how to take good care of them. The doctors and other hospital staff are trying to take care of your baby as well. Your baby is getting to know you and this world. Asking questions, learning about breastfeeding, safe sleep, and soothing will help you feel more and more confident as the head of this team. Working with the nurses and doctors is the best way to begin to feel trusted, respected, and listened to, and it could even shorten your baby’s stay at the hospital, if that is where they are.