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Best Fed Beginnings

Erlanger Baroness Campus has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in regions where rates are currently at their lowest.

The program seeks to reverse trends by dramatically increasing the number of hospitals in the United States that implement a proven model for maternity services and better support a new mother’s choice to breastfeed.

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality is leading the effort through a cooperative funding agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be working closely with Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.

Erlanger Baroness Campus and Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., are the only two hospitals selected from Tennessee to participate in the Best Fed Beginnings movement.

Eighty-eight other hospitals in the United States are also participating in this initiative. The facilities are using proven quality improvement methods to transform their maternity care services in pursuit of “Baby-Friendly” designation. This designation verifies that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”

What to Expect During Your Delivery & Stay

It is our #1 priority to ensure a safe, healthy delivery for you and your baby. You have entrusted us with the birth of your child. Therefore, we take all measures necessary to fulfill our obligation to you.

When you are admitted to Labor & Delivery, you are supplied with visitor stickers. These stickers are to be worn by ALL visitors in the Labor & Delivery unit. Due to patient & infant safety, only 4 visitors are allowed at a time.  There cannot be any visitors standing in the hallways. Any visitors that are standing in the hallways will be politely asked to wait in the waiting room. Please understand, this is for the safety of our babies and privacy of our mothers.  Security patrols the unit hourly & will ask anyone without a sticker to wait in the waiting room.

The delivery of your baby may be attended by the staff from the Neonatal Intensive Care unit and staff from the Newborn Nursery may also attend. . The baby will have footprints done & identification bands placed on them immediately following delivery.  The baby's temperature, heart rate, respirations will be checked as well as a blood sugar.  The baby will be weighed at bedside, footprints taken.  If the Newborn Nursery Nurse is attending, the vitamin K injection will be given as well as the eye ointment placed.  As long as the baby's temp is above 97.6, he or she can be wrapped in blankets and held by the mother and family.  There will be an identification band on their arm, as well as their leg. The mother & father (or support person) will also get a wrist band for identification purposes.  An infant security tag will also be placed on your baby. This is part of our infant security system. This tag will not be removed until you & your baby are discharged from the hospital.

After you deliver your baby, you will have a recovery period of 1-2 hours.  Your vaginal bleeding, uterus, and vital signs will be monitored every 15 minutes.  If you are unable to use the restroom after about an hour, a catheter will be placed to facilitate emptying your bladder.  If you have an epidural, it may take 1-2 hours for you to be able to use your legs, so please do not try to get out of bed without the assistance of your nurse.  After your recovery phase, you will be transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit on the same floor.  Your baby will be brought to your room after the assessment period is finished. 

After 10pm, our visitor policy states only one visitor at a time. 
No children under the age of 14 are allowed in the L&D Unit except for siblings.

We take pride in knowing that we provide the best care for you and your baby. All we ask is that you and your family help us in maintaining our visitation policy. Infant safety & security is important to us all.

Women's Services:

Baroness Campus

975 E. Third St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423-778-9183

East Campus
1755 Gunbarrel Road
Chattanooga, TN 37400
423-778-8700

Both campuses offer a wide variety of childbirth education classes.
Click here to find out more and to register.

Need help finding an OB/GYN or a Pediatrician? Call Erlanger's LINK line at 778-LINK for assistance.