I contacted TMC a couple of months ago to inquire about their newborn procedures. I was told they take the baby for 4 hours while they transition you to the mother baby unit! I am NOT happy about this - this was not the procedure at the hospital where I delivered my DD and I do not like the idea of my new baby being gone for that long. A friend of mine just delivered at TMC in February and she said they took her baby at 5:30am and said he'd be back before the shift change but they didn't bring him back until 9:30! Her husband went out and demanded that he be allowed to go get their son from the nursery but they wouldn't let him.
Here's the email I received:
"The baby stays with you for about two hours after delivery. We have you put baby to breast for the first “feeding” and encourage you to keep baby close in your arms. You then take the baby to the nursery for the transitional period, and we tuck you into your room. The baby generally stays in the nursery four hours and then is brought to your room where you and your husband will room-in. You can ask the nurse to do any lab work or procedures for the baby in your room if the lighting is adequate. Typically, the pediatrician will ask that the baby be taken to the nursery for his/her assessment. The baby will have a hearing screen that takes about 20 minutes and is done in a small quiet room. That doesn’t take too long and you are welcome to go also."
Has anyone had any experience with this? The "if the lighting is adequate" statement annoys me for many reasons but it seems like an excuse not to do the exam in my room. Was anyone able to talk the pediatrician into doing the exam in their room?