Boston Medical Center’s new maternity unit, the Women and Infants Center, offers a quality medical experience in a beautiful space with a strong focus on family-centered care. The Maternity Unit is located on the 4th Floor of the Yawkey Building. Here you will find: Labor and Delivery, the MotherBaby Unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Our staff, with the support of all hospital employees, is committed to making every birth a memorable and special occasion.
Boston Medical Center is a World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF designated Baby-Friendly hospital. This international award recognizes excellence in lactation support. We provide care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Numerous organizations, including the WHO and AAP, recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
Things you should know
All maternity staff are familiar with the Infant Feeding Policy and have received training to help carry out the policy.
Your baby will be placed skin-to-skin with you right after birth.
- If you have a vaginal birth, and there are no complications, your baby will be placed directly on your chest after delivery and will remain there until the first breastfeed or for an hour for the formula-feeding mother.
- If you have a Cesarean birth, and there are no complications, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin with you as soon as you are stable and alert, usually in the recovery room. We also encourage skin-to-skin holding with the father or other labor support person.
Skin-to-skin contact is important for all babies because it helps with bonding, keeps your baby warm, keeps your baby’s blood sugar in a normal range and gets breastfeeding off to a great start. Babies who are held this way also cry less. Skin-to-skin holding allows your baby a gentle entry into the world and assists your baby to progress through a number of amazing developmental skills.
After birth, you and your baby will be transferred from the Labor and Delivery Unit to a private room in the beautiful, new MotherBaby Unit. The same nurse who is taking care of you will also be taking care of your baby.
Your baby will stay in the room with you. This is known as rooming-in and will help you to get to know your baby under the watchful care of our highly trained staff. We will teach you about safe skin-to-skin holding and safe sleep. Examinations and tests for the baby will be done in your room including the hepatitis B shot, newborn metabolic screen (blood test obtained from the heel), bilirubin test (blood test obtained from the heel), hearing screen, and heart screen.
Visiting Hours on the MotherBaby Unit end at 8:00 PM every day. Your support person is encouraged to stay with you. We are sorry, but no children can stay overnight.
So you can rest, Quiet Time is observed every day from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Please share this information with your family and visitors so they can arrange their visit around this time.
Your baby’s first bath will be delayed for at least 12-24 hours. This will allow your baby to stay warm and the blood sugar to stabilize.
If your choice is to breastfeed your baby:
- You will be provided support from our highly trained maternity staff.
- Lactation Consultants are available to offer their expert services.
- The MotherBaby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can offer Pasteurized Human Donor Milk if needed.
- Your baby will not routinely receive pacifiers.
If your choice is to formula feed your baby:
- You will be provided instructions about safe preparation and feeding of infant formula.
- You will be taught paced bottle-feeding.
We will refer you to parenting and feeding support groups upon discharge.
If needed, your nurse will be happy to complete your WIC form. In addition, our staff will assist you in completing the Birth Certificate application.
Please make plans to bring in a car seat a day prior to discharge.
Please think about where you would like your baby to be seen for the first check-up. That appointment will be scheduled for when your baby is 3-5 days of life.
Our goal is for discharge to occur by 11:00 AM. Please arrange for transportation.
As a Baby-Friendly hospital, BMC follows the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (the Code). The infant formula, bottles and nipples that we use are purchased at Fair Market Value.
We are honored to be part of this important occasion in your family’s life.
Boston Medical Center. Exceptional Care. Without Exception.
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center 4th Floor
Monday, Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM