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1 Women s & Children s Services Childbirth Center

2 During Your Stay Norwalk Hospital Childbirth Center The health, well-being and comfort of you and your new baby are our first priorities at the Childbirth Center. Our modern, comfortable, home like Center offers state-of-the-art medical technology and hotel-style amenities, including private baths and showers, flat-screen TVs, whirlpool tubs, wireless internet access and a family lounge. Specially prepared meals from our chef include many new and delicious meal choices and a private celebration brunch for two before discharge. The Hospital s obstetricians, nurse midwives and maternity staff practice a family-centered approach to care, which includes you and your partner in decision-making. This practice has been shown to increase patient satisfaction, resulting in a more joyous birthing experience for you and your loved ones. Below are some of the additional amenities and programs the Childbirth Center offers during your stay with us. Newborn Photography Share the joy with your family through our newborn photography service. Post your new baby s pictures on a secure, personal PIN ID-prompted website, so family and friends anywhere in the world can view them while you re still in the hospital. Complimentary Massage Therapy A wonderful way to relax after the birth of your baby, we offer new moms a complimentary 15-minute massage therapy session by a licensed massage therapist. Celebration Brunch for Two Prior to going home, mom and dad (or guest of choice) may order a special brunch to be delivered to their room on the day of their choosing. Served with linen napkins, china and champagne flutes, this elegant meal gives new parents a few private moments before going home with their new baby.

3 The Newborn Channel Free TV programming on baby care and postpartum topics is available in your room, 24 hours a day. A program guide is provided. Programming is also available in Spanish. Babies Alumni Association Run by Norwalk Hospital volunteers, this program supports patient services, programs and equipment within the Childbirth Center. When your child is enrolled, his or her name and birth date are entered in an Honor Roll book displayed at the Hospital. Your child will also receive a birthday card each year as a continuing member. For more information or to enroll, call the Babies Alumni Association at Ongoing Support The Fourth Trimester A Postpartum Support Group All mothers with babies through three months of age are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and share your concerns. Siblings are welcome! Discussions include: Are you overwhelmed or feeling the baby blues? Time for me Feeding problems Sibling adjustments Sleepless nights Birth control/intimacy Schedule: Every Friday, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Pediatric Conference Room, 4 th floor. This support group is offered free of charge, and registration is not required. For questions, call NHB-WELL.

4 Lactation Support Services Outpatient Lactation Consultation Offered by appointment. Please call our lactation consultants at New Mothers HelpLine Our 24-hour telephone help line provides support for new mothers after they go home from the Childbirth Center. Call Breastfeeding Supplies and Accessories To rent or purchase Medela electric breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories, call the Health Emporium at The Health Emporium is an authorized hospital-based Medela Rental Station for breast pumps and maternity/nursing bras. You may rent or purchase Medela electric breast pumps and supplies through the Health Emporium, located in the Hospital s Main Lobby. An added benefit, because Norwalk Hospital is a nonprofit organization, all Health Emporium purchases are tax-free. As a convenience for our patients, a staff member from the Health Emporium brings a cart to the Childbirth Center Monday through Friday, offering a selection of breastfeeding and maternity products that can be purchased during your hospital stay. Breastfeeding and Care of Your Newborn This class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is offered to all expectant mothers, fathers and grandparents. It includes: Normal process of breastfeeding Care of the umbilical cord/circumcision Parental adjustment Normal newborn cues and reactions How to bathe your new baby Schedule: Saturdays. Call NHB-WELL for dates and times. Fee: $25 (free to those enrolled in Norwalk Hospital s Prepared Childbirth Classes) For new mothers in the hospital, complimentary classes and support are offered Monday through Friday and most Saturdays.

5 Support Services Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy Pelvic floor muscles lie between the pubic bone and tailbone; these muscles are responsible for bladder and bowel control as well as sexual functioning. When these muscles malfunction, they can cause pain and dysfunction of the bladder, bowel and genitals. Pelvic health therapy incorporates hands-on techniques to relax pelvic floor muscles, release abnormal muscle spasms and provide deep tissue massage to this muscle group. Our pelvic health therapist has specific training in pelvic health therapy. She helps patients get relief from the following conditions: Urinary incontinence Pregnancy-related pelvic pain Pain during intercourse Interstitial cystitis Pain after hysterectomy or other abdominal surgeries Muscle spasms Joint laxity Postpartum needs Most insurance companies cover pelvic health therapy as part of physical therapy services. For more information, contact our Pelvic Health Center at Tiny Miracles Foundation, Inc. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping families of premature infants in Fairfield County during and immediately following their child s hospital stay. Representatives visit Norwalk Hospital s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide support, information, services and supplies. For more information and parent support, call or Schedule: Mentors on Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Tiny Miracles Resources Room, 4 th floor PATH Parents Available To Help, Inc. This statewide, nonprofit organization provides parent-to-parent support and information to families of children with developmental and health-related needs, lifelong disabilities, parents challenged with high-risk pregnancies, premature births or the loss of a child.

6 The Norwalk Hospital Childbirth Center Programs For more information, call PATH or The Childbirth Center offers varied programs to respond to the educational needs of expectant and new mothers, fathers, grandparents, children and siblings before, during and after admission to our hospital. Registration for Hospital Stay Expectant mothers who plan to have their babies at Norwalk Hospital are asked to register between the 20 th and 24 th week of pregnancy by calling Patient Registration at , Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Have your insurance information available as well as insurance pre-certification number, if required. Registration for Education Programs For more information or to register for the following programs, call NHB-WELL. Programs for Expectant Parents Tour of the Childbirth Center for Expectant Parents A tour of the Childbirth Center, which includes the Labor and Delivery Room, Postpartum Unit and Nursery is conducted by our nursing staff. Free/no charge. Call NHB-WELL. Sibling Tour of the Childbirth Center A child-suitable tour plus a video is offered for siblings 3 to 8 years old, accompanied by a parent, to prepare them for the arrival of the new baby. Schedule: First Saturday of the month, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Free/no charge. Registration required. Call NHB-WELL.

7 Prepared Childbirth Class An educational course for expectant couples is led by certified childbirth educators. Content includes Lamaze-style breathing, relaxation techniques, stages of labor and delivery, and tour of the Norwalk Hospital Childbirth Center. This class should be taken during your last month of pregnancy. Please register in advance. Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $175. Registration required. Call NHB-WELL. Refresher Childbirth Class Instructed by a certified childbirth educator, this class provides an update and review for expectant couples anticipating the birth of their second or third child. Content includes Lamaze-style breathing, relaxation techniques, stages of labor and delivery, newborn care, and a tour of the Childbirth Center. Appropriate for those seeking vaginal birth after cesarean section. Schedule: First Tuesday of the month, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Meet in the Main Lobby. Fee: $40. Registration required. Call NHB-WELL.

8 Directions to Norwalk Hospital -95 Northbound (from New York): Take Exit 14; at end of exit ramp turn left to traffic light on US-1. Turn right onto US-1 and proceed to the third traffic light at Maple Street. Turn left on to Maple Street. -95 Southbound (from New Haven): Take Exit 15 and take the right fork on the ramp to the traffic light. Turn right onto West Avenue; proceed to the third traffic light. Turn left onto Maple Street. Merritt Parkway Northbound (from New York): Take Exit 39 directly onto the Route 7 Connector (follow signs saying to -95 ). Get off at Exit 1 and turn left onto Van Buren Avenue (US-1). Turn right at the second traffic light onto Maple Street. Merritt Parkway Southbound (from New Haven): Take Exit 38 and turn right onto Route 123 southbound. At the fourth traffic light, Route 123 turns left, but DO NOT turn; continue straight for three more traffic lights. Turn right onto Maple St. Route 7 Southbound (from Danbury): Just over the Norwalk city line (directly opposite the Department of Motor Vehicles) turn right to the Route 7 Connector (signs read to -95 ). From Connector take Exit 1 and turn left onto Van Buren Avenue (US-1). Turn right at the second traffic light onto Maple Street. 34 Maple Street Norwalk, CT For more information call NHB-WELL or visit norwalkhospital.org

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