Labor & Delivery at Cortland Regional Medical Center
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.
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.
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
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.