Originally Posted by BarefootGirl
Apparantly it's hospital policy to separate mom and baby for up to FOUR HOURS after the birth for the baby to have a bath, get checked by the ped, and be warmed. There is no way in H*ll I'm going to be okay with that and I need to find out now if I'm going to have to change my birth plans.
So not cool... I refuse to give birth at my 'local' hospital for these reasons (going to another one my doc has privileges at). Its especially stupid to assume that baby needs a special bed to be 'warmed'. If they hadn't taken him/her away from you he/she wouldn't have gotten cold!!
Delaying the first bath for a day or so also helps the baby learn to breastfeed since the smell of you will still be on his/her hands.
The first (and most emotional reason) I don't want my baby separated from me is because my husband and a few other babies got really sick as newborns in the nursery because someone didn't wash their hands well enough. He's now dyslexic and has had to have eye surgery to try to correct what it did to his vision (he still has very little peripheral vision on the right).
Sure its been 25 years since then but hospital acquired infections have only gotten more severe and more resistant to antibiotics.