Join Date: Apr 2005
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If I were in your position, I would first put all this in your birthplan - that you don't want the baby removed from your room and presence period, and that your partner will accompany the baby at all times when he/she leaves the room. It is unacceptable taht they take the baby out of the room to do useless stuff like measure the head - this stuff can be done in your room. You can ask for you or your DH to give the baby it's first bath also. I would be friendly and polite, but firm. in EVERY case, your partner should be with the baby if it's taken from you. I think the removing the baby for an HOUR after it's born - a period when bonding is critical and the baby needs to get to know you from the outside - is totally unacceptable and archaic. My DD was taken from me, but in the same room, for about 15-20 minutes after she was born for all that stuff - but that was after I'd gotten to hold her for 30 minutes or so, and if I had to do it again, I would have insisted on a) waiting longer to do that stuff, and b) that they do most of it while I hold her.
As for taking the baby for 1-4 hours due to understaffing - um, newborns need to nurse every 2-3 hours! This seems like it would totally undermine bonding and your nursing relationship. If it were me, when they came to take the baby, I would ask to be discharged and go home. If they don't have enough staff to allow the baby to stay with you, you'd rather go ahead and go home. Believe me, you'll get more and better rest and probably recover much quicker at home, so you won't be missing out on anything except beaurocratic hassle from the hospital. And they might just say, Okay, keep the baby rather than have to track down a doc/mw to give discharge orders.
Definitely discuss this with your MW and make sure you and your partner are on the same page and will stand strong together.