Your Baby's Here
You and your baby have just completed an incredible journey. Some mothers are surprised that their baby isn’t “picture perfect” when he or she arrives. Babies are born with a thin, whitish coating and they are bloody. Their heads have been conforming to the birth canal so their skull may be distorted or cone-shaped. Underneath the wrinkles and red and white messiness is a bundle of joy – your beautiful son or daughter.
Our Mother-Baby Unit is designed to provide a quiet, comfortable place to rest and recover from your delivery with 62 private Mother-Baby rooms. New mothers are encouraged to keep their baby with them round-the-clock, using this special time to discover your new baby and become more familiar with his or her care. Our Mother-Baby nurses are happy to show you all you will need to know about caring for yourself and your new baby. Each room also features a window seat couch/sleeper and your partner or one other adult is welcome to spend the night with you.
While we give all our mothers and babies special attention, some require greater medical care. Should your baby require extra attention, DeKalb Medical offers the second largest neonatal nursery in Georgia with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This unit is for babies who are born early or those who need heart monitoring, special medications or assistance breathing. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their baby’s care.
DeKalb Medical offers support for breastfeeding mothers while you are in the hospital and when you and your baby have gone home. We also offer breast pump sales and rentals and sell nursing bras and other breastfeeding products through the Lactation Center which is located in the Mother & Baby Boutique.
How long you are in the hospital after your baby is born depends on your health and your specific insurance coverage. Generally, mothers stay 24 to 48 hours days after a vaginal birth and 48 to 72 hours after a cesarean birth.