Women and Infant Care

Woman and Infant Care Unit

All of our spacious post-delivery rooms are private. Each room features a television, DVD player and private restroom with a shower. One person can stay with you overnight. Our chairs fold out for sleeping and we’ll provide linens and blankets for comfort.

Flexible rooming in

The majority of our babies will remain in the room with mom at all times - called flexible rooming in - which is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics. This encourages bonding, and allows nurses to work closely with moms. Nurses will provide holistic care to both the mom and baby, giving guidance on how to bathe, diaper and feed their newborn.

We want you to feel comfortable caring for your baby before you go home so please don’t hesitate to ask questions throughout your hospital stay.

Babies who need more extensive care go to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Breastfeeding support

All of our nurses are trained in breastfeeding, and are here to help and support you if you choose to breastfeed your infant. We have a staff of lactation consultants who will assist you with any breastfeeding support needed. We can also assist with breastfeeding supplies and breast pumps for rent or sale locally.

Infant photography (baby pictures)

Riverside has partnered with a newborn photographer. If you wish, they will take your baby’s photo during your hospital stay for friends and family. The photos will be available to purchase.

Safety and security

Security systems: Multiple security measures protect your baby’s safety during your stay, including our matching band system, electronic infant security system and cameras.

Staff identification: All of our staff members wear name badges with a specific design that you’ll be able to recognize right away.

Moving baby: Each time we transport your baby outside of your room, we will place your baby in the bassinet. We ask that you do the same.

In case of emergency: There are multiple emergency call devices in each room for your safety, including an intercom attached to the bed and emergency pull cords in your shower and next to your toilet so we can help you right away if you should suddenly feel sick or dizzy.

Car safety: We will insist that baby goes home in an infant car seat. Please bring your car seat to your room prior to discharge.

Insuring baby

Be sure to contact your health care insurance company as soon as possible after your baby is born so they will add your new baby to your insurance policy. In most plans, this does not happen automatically, so it’s important to call.