After you deliver your baby
In the hours and days after you give birth, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Family Birth Center provides a peaceful environment for you and your baby to enjoy spending time with each other.
The Family Birth Center is a rooming-in facility. This means you and your baby are always together the entire time you stay at the birth center. This approach is part of the reason we’re known as a Baby-Friendly hospital by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Our staff are passionate about providing the high-quality care and support you deserve.
For your comfort and convenience, your room includes supplies to care for yourself and essentials for your baby, including:
- Breast gel pads
- Bassinet, diapers, and baby wipes
- Linens and blankets
- Peri-bottles, pads, and Sitz bath
Bonding with your baby
In the first hour after delivery, your nurse will dry and place your baby on your chest to hold skin-to-skin. At this time, your baby may seek out your breast, and your nurse can offer assistance if you want to breastfeed. Making eye contact, touching your baby, and spending time together promotes bonding.
Caring for you
After your baby is born, your nurse will check your blood pressure and other physical signs. Count on us to focus on your comfort and safety, address any pain or discomfort, and offer support to help you recover.
Let us know if you have any questions or requests. You can:
- Ask for food or beverages and eat or drink whenever you feel hungry or thirsty
- Move around freely
- Receive guidance on feeding your baby
- Take a shower when you're ready
- Use medication, ice packs, or other methods to ease any discomfort
Your mental and emotional well-being
You’ll receive screening for signs of postpartum depression. Learn more about recognizing the signs and accessing postpartum mental healthcare.
Caring for your newborn
Your baby can receive newborn care and screening exams in your room. If needed, the intermediate intensive care nursery at the Family Birth Center offers advanced care for babies born early or sick.
Contact us about our current visitor policies before your stay because they may change. Usually, your primary support person can stay overnight with you and your baby. A second, approved support person can also visit.
Rest assured, Community Hospital takes precautions to ensure you and your baby stay safe during your time at the birth center. Both of you will wear matching ID bracelets, and your baby’s ankle will have a security sensor.
How long will we stay at the hospital?
When it comes to your body and recovery, you’re the expert. Talk with your care team about when you and your baby will go home. Most people who have a:
- Vaginal birth stay about two days
- Cesarean birth get care at the birth center for three days