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For decades, when a baby was born in a hospital, the baby was whisked away to the nursery and the mother was taken to her hospital room. Over the years, that standard has shifted, and now more hospitals are using rooming in as the gold standard.
The goal is to keep the baby and mother together for their as much of their hospital stay as possible, using the nursery only for infants who need medical care that cannot be provided in the postpartum recovery room.
Advocates say rooming in helps mothers get to know their babies better and improves the health of both the baby and the mother. However, many new moms say they need more support, which should include having nurses care for their newborn in the nursery for a few hours of much-needed rest.
Lori Pugsley, nursing director of the newborn family units and special care nurseries at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ananda Lowe, certified lactation counselor, doula, childbirth educator and co-author of "The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know."
This segment aired on February 17, 2016.