Our nursery is the first home for more than 1,300 babies each year. On admission to the nursery, babies are weighed, measured, bathed, and have their identities verified. The delivery support person may stay in the nursery to watch and take pictures.

Nurse caring for baby in the nursery.Breastfed babies are fed every 2-3 hours on demand (at least 8-10 times in 24 hours). Bottle-fed babies are also fed on demand but are fed every 3-4 hours.

All babies are weighed daily at around midnight. Nurses will assess and manage the clinical care of the infant under the supervision of your pediatrician.


The baby will be banded in the delivery room with numbered bands that match a band placed on the mother and her labor support person.

For the protection of new babies, a special security bracelet linked to the Medical Center's maternity alarm system is placed on all infants.

The nurses that work in Women and Children's Services wear pink identification badges for security purposes. Your child should always be with a person who has a matching numbered bracelet or a pink identification badge.

Security cameras are located throughout the unit (not in patient rooms) for your protection.

Lab Tests

Blood tests and supplemental newborn testing will be done on all babies. These lab tests are done to screen for certain rare disorders so they can be treated immediately. These tests protect the child's future health and development. They must be done after the infant is at least 24 hours old. The reports are sent to the baby's doctor within three weeks. You are notified if there are any problems.

Hearing Tests

Hearing screening is done on all newborns. The nurse explains this screening and refers to the Department of Health pamphlet "Pennsylvania Screenings Services for Newborns." This screening tests for the rare possibility of hearing problems. It usually takes between 5 and 30 minutes. There is no extra charge for this test. Families are given information about their baby's hearing and test results after it is done.

Infection Prevention

To protect all babies in the nursery from infection:

  • You and anyone who holds the baby must first wash their hands.
  • Don't handle other babies or allow other parents to handle yours.
  • Don't carry babies out of the room. When walking in the hall, keep baby in a bassinet.
  • Any person with a cold, sore throat or other infection may not visit the unit.
  • Mothers must remain on the maternity floor during their hospital stay.

Rooming-In Program

Rooming-in allows your baby to remain in the room with you. This gives you, your family and baby more time together. This allows hands-on training in infant care and helps families understand their babies' needs.

You and your support person are responsible for routine care of the baby, such as diaper changing and feeding. The nursing staff is available to help as needed and to answer any questions.