What To Expect

Labor & Delivery

If you choose to deliver at Cortland Regional Medical Center, you, your baby, and family will be an integral part of our "Family-Centered Maternity Care." We foster family unity by focusing on the physical, social and emotional needs of your baby, family and you. This means personal control over birth experience choices and an environment where bonding is easily facilitated:

  • You and your doctor or midwife decide what is best for you.
  • Skin to skin contact is strongly encouraged.
  • Your baby may remain with you at your bedside as much as you want.
  • Feeding on demand is encouraged.
  • Individualized guidance and teaching is provided addressing your care and the care of your new baby.

Support from Labor to Delivery and Recovery

Our philosophy of family-centered care means you may have one to two support people with you to provide comfort and encouragement during your labor and birth of your baby. Support people are given a green bracelet to identify them to the nursing staff. Please remind your other visitors that all labors are different—some may be relatively short while others are very long. It is best that visitors not come to the hospital until one of your support people notifies them that your baby has been born.

Recovery and Going Home.

Our postpartum focus is family-centered care.

One nurse will care for you and your baby. Individualized teaching is done with all our patients.

We encourage rooming in.

This allows you to spend more time with your baby and helps you learn to recognize your baby's cues. Sleeping in the same room with mom as been shown to be a major factor in helping decrease the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

We have private rooms for your use.

Your significant other or support person may spend the night.

When Your Baby is Ready to Go Home

A complete discharge plan is created for your baby from the moment he or she is born.

Discharge Policy:

Because the staff matches both baby and mother ID bracelets at infant discharge, mothers need to keep their ID bracelet on until their baby is discharged.

Car Seats:

Under New York state law, any child under the age of 4 riding in a car must be in a federally approved car seat. Any baby less than 37 weeks of age will have a car seat evaluation done prior to discharge.

When You Go Home

Maternal Depression

After you give birth, you may feel tired and a little overwhelmed by the huge task of caring for your baby. Your hormone levels have also gone through some major changes. For a few days or weeks, you may have the “baby blues” which can include feelings of sadness, mood swings, anger, anxiety and low self-esteem. The baby blues are very common and will pass in time. Your doctor can suggest some ways to help you feel better.

Less common is maternal depression. The symptoms of maternal depression are severe. They can include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • High anxiety
  • Eating problems
  • Feeling “out of control”
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or the baby

Maternal depression is not a sign of weakness. It’s not something you can just “snap out of,” but it can be treated. Call your doctor or midwife if you think you have maternal depression. If you feel like you might hurt yourself or your baby, call your doctor immediately.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

A baby who will not stop crying can be upsetting, but becoming angry will not help you or your baby. A baby may cry because he or she is hungry, lonely, has gas or is sick. You can attempt to calm your baby by offering your breast or a bottle, changing your baby’s diaper, or checking to see if your baby is too hot or too cold. You may also try slowly rocking your baby, playing soft music, or singing or humming to your baby.

If you cannot calm your baby, place your baby in a safe place, such as a crib or playpen, and take a break. Take a deep breath and count to 10 or call a friend for support. Never hold or pick up your baby when you feel angry, and no matter how impatient or angry you feel, never shake your baby. Hard shaking can cause brain injury, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, learning and behavior problems, seizures, paralysis and death.

Be sure that everyone who cares for your child knows not to shake a baby. If you think your baby has been shaken, seek medical care immediately. Prompt medical attention can save your baby’s life.