A Special Education professional, behavior coach, writer, freelancer and most importantly a mother making life simple and fab as possible.
Almost nine years ago, at the time of my pregnancy, I decided on a few things. I wanted a normal delivery without anesthesia (as long as I could withstand the pain), I wanted to breast-feed my child, and I wanted her roomed-in when I gave birth. My stubbornness paid off and I got all three done. Call me crazy but I got my reasons. I was particularly specific on having room-in provisions for post-partum care. It was amongst my inquiry looking and choosing for a hospital for delivery. Why is room-in for post-partum care important for me?
Having been working with children; I have read a lot about the benefits of rooming-in. These benefits have come close to my psyche and personal belief.
For starters, I also wanted to breastfeed. Experts say that the key to successful breastfeeding is “supply and demand.” A mother’s ability to produce adequate milk supply is dependent on how much and how often breastfeeding occurs. Hence, if a baby is roomed-in chances for more frequent feeding by demand or as needed by the child gets higher. Experts describe this as a hormonal response in the mother, her milk- ejection reflex functions smoothly, and mother and infant are in biological harmony.
Personally, this option allowed me to breastfeed my child as I wanted or as she needed. (In reality, though, my doctor and I opted for mixed-feeding to ensure the baby is satisfied. My baby somehow preferred breast milk, though.)
Now, on a psychological note, having a baby roomed-in facilitates a mother’s ability to recognize her baby’s early signs of hunger. The mother becomes physically tuned-in to her baby. When the baby expresses discomfort or hunger by moving and crying, the mother can immediately pick up and feed the infant. The baby will stop crying. A few minutes after, the baby awakens, moves and cries. The mother will responds in the same way. These behavioral cue, are readily learned by the mother and is able to respond appropriately. By opting to room-in for post-partum care, you get to hit two birds with one stone here; one the repetitions of this cycle bring the mother and the baby working together in a form of attachment. The mother and baby becomes a team. Second, the mother gets more confident in her baby-handling skills and experience.
Another claim by experts is that roomed-in babies cry less. Studies also suggested possibly having the babies calm down more easily as a result of receiving warmth from the mother or father’s skin. Seriously, on my own experience, we took a while to develop this “less crying” scenes. But pretty much in about her fourth month, she was calmer and tuned in.
They also said that babies develop better sleep patterns more quickly than babies who weren’t roomed-in.
And the mothers actually get more rests and sleep too.
Let's sum that up!!!
Benefits of Rooming-In for Post-partum Care
1. It is good for breastfeeding the baby.
2. The mother and baby establish better attachment and work together as a team.
3. The mother more confident in her baby-handling skills and experience.
4. Babies are calmer and cry less frequently.
5. Babies develop better sleep pattern early in their life.
6. Mothers get to sleep and rest more too.
© 2017 Christine Garay