The Day You Welcome Your Baby into the World

We are here to provide supportive care through your labor and delivery experience, including the moments, hours and days following delivery.

Labor and Delivery Visitors

While you are in labor, your birth partner is welcome at any time and may stay with you the entire time. You may also have two other adults in the labor and delivery room with you. Arrangements should be made so children are not in the delivery room.

The First Hours After Delivery

The first hours after birth are a perfect time to start developing a close family relationship. We encourage you and your birth partner to hold your newborn skin-to-skin as soon as possible and begin breastfeeding within the first hour of birth.

Visiting Hours After Delivery

Many women find themselves torn between wanting to entertain visitors and needing to get rest or learning to care for their new baby. We support your choices regarding visitors.

We encourage your birth partner to spend the night so you both can get to know the baby. Grandparents may visit at any time during the first 24 hours. Siblings are welcome, but arrangements should be made so they are not spending the night.

Each day, between the hours of 1-3 p.m., we hold ‘serenity hours’ so you will have the chance to experience undisturbed rest with your baby.

Visitors should consider delaying their visit if they have cold or flu symptoms.

Home Visit with a Nurse

You will have the option to have a home visit by a nurse within 48 hours after you leave the hospital. During the visit, the nurse will make sure that you and the baby are healthy and can answer any questions.

Ask your care team for details about this benefit.

Additional Community Support

After your baby is born we offer lots of community programs to support you with breastfeeding, nutrition and parenting.

To find an OB/GYN in Reading, Stoneham, Melrose, Medford, Wakefield and other north suburban Boston communities use our doctor finder.