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After baby is born, mom and baby will stay in the birthing suites for approximately two hours during the recovery period. This is a great time for mom and dad to get to know their newborn, for mom to bond skin-to-skin with baby and to start breastfeeding if desired. For this reason, we discourage visitors during the first hour after birth. For more information about what to expect after the birth of your baby, see Taking Care of Mom.

After the recovery period, if mom and baby are doing well, you will both be taken to a private room on our Mother Baby unit. For your peace of mind, all of our maternity units are covered by an infant security system. To encourage family bonding after birth, mother and baby will both be cared for in the mother's room throughout her hospital stay. By rooming-in with your baby you will get to know his hunger cues, breastfeeding gets off to a better start, and you will actually get more sleep at night!  We also have a newborn nursery available when observation or treatment is needed. For more information about your newborn, see Taking Care of Baby.

During your stay on Mother/Baby, your nurse will be routinely checking your vital signs and condition and will instruct you on things to do to help your healing process. You will also receive instructions prior to discharge on what to expect after you get home. Our nurses are here to help you at this very important time in your life, and we are proud to be among the top hospitals in the country to have earned the Magnet designation for nursing excellence.  

Breastfeeding has been shown to have many medical benefits for both baby and mom. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that babies are breastfed or receive expressed breast milk exclusively for the first 6 months of life.  At Edward Hospital, we are committed to helping you breastfeed successfully, if that is your desire.  Our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants in the Breastfeeding Center are available during your pregnancy for outpatient pre-birth consultation and breast assessments.  We offer prenatal Breastfeeding classes to educate you regarding positions, good latch, and how to protect your milk supply.  Our Maternity nurses are specially trained to help you as you start breastfeeding.  We also have Lactation Consultants who can come to your room to assist with any breastfeeding difficulties. 

After discharge, we offer the Breastfeeding Support group that meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month immediately following Cradle Talk. Call 630-527-7685 for more information. If you are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding after discharge, you can call our Breastfeeding Center at 630-527-3238 to schedule an outpatient visit to our Breastfeeding Center.

Food Services
While you are on our Mother Baby unit, you will have a Room Service menu to select from and can order meals and snacks any time from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  There is also a guest menu which can be ordered from (charged to a VISA or Mastercard credit card) or your guests may go to our cafeteria for meals during the following hours:  Breakfast from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Lunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Complimentary Neck & Shoulder Massages
Every new mom will be offered a complimentary neck & shoulder massage from our certified massage therapist. The massage therapist will come to your room the day after your delivery. Plan to take advantage of this relaxing massage!

Visiting Hours and "Quiet Time" (2 pm to 4 pm daily)
Visiting hours on the Mother Baby unit are from 10 am to 8 pm, but Mom's designated support person is welcome to visit at any time. Siblings are welcome during regular visiting hours. Children under 12 years of age visiting mom and baby must be siblings of the new baby in order to visit. During the hours of 2 pm to 4 pm, Edward encourages peaceful rest in a quiet environment on the Mother/Baby Unit with limited interruptions. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this restful environment and let your visitors know to plan their visits around this mom and baby "Quiet Time".

Share details of your pregnancy and news of your delivery with family and friends by creating your own web page. You can do this in the privacy of your own home, or use our kiosks located throughout the hospital. Click to learn more.

Baby Portraits
Edward brings experienced photographers from Naperville's Bella Baby Photography to the hospital to capture your baby's first photograph with a natural, artistic style. Your professional mini photo shoot can take place right in the comfort of your hospital room and can also include other family members. View sample photos and get tips for your baby's first photo shoot. Click here.

Cradle Club
The birth of a child is a momentous occasion. Through the Edward Hospital Cradle Club, you can commemorate your baby's arrival with a keepsake footprint medallion. By joining the Cradle Club, you are not only honoring your child's birth, but also making a contribution to the Edward Foundation. This contribution will be used to support continued excellence in Women & Children's Services at Edward Hospital. For more information, visit www.edward.org/cradleclub.

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