Healthy Start

Take a virtual tour and learn more about maternity care at each of our hospitals.

A Healthy Start

Planning for children is a special time for families. Each of the nearly 3,500 annual births at Southcoast is as special as the new family that results. With our wide array of sites and services, we are able meet just about any birth preference that a family might have.

Maternity services at all three sites offer a family-centered approach that provides the right combination of compassionate care and the latest technology.

And all of our sites offer extensive parenting and pregnancy-related classes and support groups.

Having Your Baby at Southcoast – What to Expect

Rooming In/Couplet Care
While you are in the hospital, your baby will room in with you. Bonding and attachment, as well as infant adjustment, are enhanced when an infant remains with its mother. Infants will be cared for at mother’s bedside. Nurses will educate mother and family while assisting with infant care as needed. Caring for the mother and infant together provides an opportunity for individualized teaching and enhances the mother’s ability to learn her baby’s cues.

If mother and baby are separated for medical reasons, the mother and infant’s ID bands will be checked to confirm matching numbers.

Patient Meals
You will be served three meals each day. A kitchenette is available to you 24 hours a day and is stocked with fruit juices, milk, tea, instant coffee and soda.

Birth Certificates
While hospitalized, you will receive a worksheet to fill out for your baby’s birth certificate. You will sign the official typed form before you leave the hospital. If you have any questions about completing the form, please let us know. Birth certificates are available in the Town Clerk’s Office in the town you reside in about one month after your delivery.

Visiting Hours

  • Designated Support Person: 24 hours a day
  • All Others: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to visit unless they are a sibling of the newborn.

New mothers recovering from childbirth need as much rest as possible. For this reason, we ask that visitors be limited. For the safety of the baby, remind all visitors they should be in good health and free of infection. Those who come in direct contact with your baby, such as your support person, grandparents, and siblings, should be free of runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting or any illnesses. We ask that family and friends wash their hands before handling your baby. Siblings who visit must be accompanied by a responsible adult other than the mother. No visitors under the age of 12, except for siblings of the newborn, are allowed to visit. Siblings may not stay overnight.

For the safety and comfort of our patients and visitors, smoking is prohibited on and around all Southcoast Hospitals Group owned properties.

To promote your rest and recovery, and as a courtesy to other patients, incoming calls are sent to your bedside from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. only. Local calls can be made from your phone 24 hours a day. You will find your telephone extension number located on the phone. Switchboard operators do not have a list of patient’s extensions.

To make a local call, Dial 9, wait for a second dial tone, then dial the number you want to reach. To make long distance calls: These calls must be charged to credit card, home phone, or made collect. To call long distance, dial 0 and the hospital operator will assist you.

Southcoast Hospitals have television service available for all patients. We also provide the Newborn Channel, which offers 24-hour, continuous access to educational programs regarding you, your family and your baby.

Web Nurseries
Parents, families and friends of babies born at Charlton and St. Luke’s can access newborn photos using the password information provided by parents for Welcome Newborn. Tobey does not offer an online photo service.

Find a Physician: 844-744-5544

Fathers/significant others/partners: 24 hours
Family/friends: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Children under 12, other than siblings of the infant, are not allowed to visit.

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