Rooming-in

Maternity ward C
Maternity department C at Hadassah Ein Kerem is a full rooming-in ward, where the mother and child are admitted to the department together in accordance with the mother's wishes. Their rooming in the department is shared at all hours of the day until their discharge.

During her stay in our department, we assist rapid recovery from birth, guide and help with breastfeeding, and provide the knowledge and skills required to best care for a new baby. In our department every mother receives the personal attention and instruction to meet her needs at any given moment. Special attention is given to the importance and encouragement of breastfeeding as an advocate for the health of the infant.

Our motto in the rooming-in department is: Always together, from belly and birth. The initial bonding between mother and child occurs already in the delivery room when the baby is lain on the mother and fed for the first time. This allows the mother to establish a normal bonding process which was started in pregnancy.

The new baby rooming next to his mother makes him feel safe and calm as he can hear her voice, smell her body, and as his initial hunger signs are answered by the mother without prolonged crying. Also, shared mother and baby time provides a foundation for successful and longer term breastfeeding.

Immediately after admission to the ward, the mother receives guidance and explanations related to activities, tests and treatments for her and her baby, with her permission and in her presence, at her bedside. She will receive guidance on how to diaper, treat the belly-button, bathe the baby, hold him securely and lay him in a cradle, according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health. Professional and skilled nursing staff will guide and accompany her during her stay in the department to give her confidence, knowledge and experience, which will allow her to take care of her baby in a safe and effective way later, at home.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defined baby-friendly hospitals, among other things, according to their ability to offer a full homing service for mother and baby, and as a result, also encouragement and raising awareness of the importance of breastfeeding for infant health and development. Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, one of the biggest and most important hospitals in the country, adopted the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health resolutions and thus promoted high medical standards for the advancement of the health of mothers and their babies.

Order of the Day
05:00 to 06:00: Receiving the babies to breastfeeding rooms/morning feed. Tea / coffee and biscuits at the nurses station.

7:00 to 8:00: Check-up from the gynecologist. Nurses change shifts

7:45 to 8:45: Breakfast in the dining room.

08:30 to 10:30: Check up from a pediatrician.

10:00 to 11:00: Training for baby care.

12:00 to 12:45: Lunch.

15:00 to 15:30: Nurses change shifts

15:30 to 17:00: Visiting hours for guests.

17:15 to 18:15: Dinner.

19:00 to 20:00: Visiting hours for guests

21:00: Refreshments at the nurses station.

22:00: Breastfeeding/Last feeding before the night. Husbands leave the department

In the rooming-in department, the newborn remains at his mother's side during the night.