Couplet Care at DeKalb Medical
DeKalb Medical’s Maternity Services provides family-centered care (also known as couplet care), in which mother and baby stay together from childbirth to discharge. Couplet care is an evidence-based best practice in maternity care that facilitates family bonding, supports successful breastfeeding and increases patient satisfaction.
Couplet Care Begins the Moment of Childbirth
As soon as your baby is born, he or she will be dried off and placed in direct contact with you. This initial contact helps your baby regulate his or her breathing, heart rate, temperature and more. Right after birth most babies are very awake and willing to be fed. This is a wonderful time for mother and baby to start learning how to breastfeed.
Couplet Care Continues Throughout Your Inpatient Stay
We minimize maternal-infant separation in accordance with American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. You and your baby are cared for together with one nurse caring for the "couplet." Your baby stays in your hospital room, even at night. We encourage all maternity patients to have someone spend the night to be a second set of hands for the new mom.
Best Fed Beginnings
In June 2012 DeKalb Medical was chosen as one of 90 hospitals in the United States to participate in the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative. Best Fed Beginnings is a project for improving breastfeeding rates in the U.S. by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), with support from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and aligned with Baby-Friendly USA. The Best Fed Beginnings project will help DeKalb Medical achieve Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.
Thank you for choosing DeKalb Medical to deliver your baby. We are honored to be your partner in this exciting event!