Kids Motherhood

Some Hospitals Will Remove Nurseries To Encourage Bonding

Written by Leslie Means

Ah, the bliss of a brand new baby.  The smells, the joy, the lack of sleep.

Some new moms and dads don’t want their babe to leave their side when they’re in the hospital and others ask the nurse to take baby to the nursery so the new parents can get a bit of sleep.  But, according to a new policy coming to some hospitals across the country, that will no longer be an option.

The Today Show reports, that many hospitals are eliminating the option for nursery care in an effort to encourage moms to breastfeed and bond with their baby.  That means, if you want your babe to sleep in another room while  you’re getting much needed shut eye, it won’t be possible.  

According to a report by Good Housekeeping, “By the end of 2017, there will be 530 hospitals across the country with “baby-friendly” designations. That means one in four births in the U.S. will be in hospitals where the baby stays with his or her mother, around the clock.”

What does that mean for you, expecting mama?  Be sure to take a tour of the facility where you’ll give birth.  Ask questions and talk to a nurse.  Now is not the time to stay silent, especially if you’re concerned.  Find a list of “baby friendly” hospitals here.

I don’t know about you lovely ladies, but this news makes me tired.  Sure I loved having my sweet girls with me after birth, but when the second one came around, I took advantage of the glorious nursery care.

What are your thoughts?

About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.