Separation of Mother and Newborn During Transitions
Practical and Educational

Keeping Mothers and Infants Together After Cesarean
Source: Nursing for Women’s Health
Description: The story of how one hospital in Louisiana changed their practice and decreased the separation time of mothers and infants following a C-section.
Date of Publication: 2012



Educational

Early Contact versus Separation
Source:BIRTH
Description: An academic paper concerning the effect of early mother-infant contact on the mother-infant relationship.
Date of Publication: 2009



No Separation of Mother and Baby
Source: Journal of Perinatal Education
Description: A Care Practice Paper that presents the evidence for keeping mothers and babies together after birth, including rooming-in.
Date of Publication: 2007



Instances of Mother/Infant Separation
Practical and Educational

Guide to Caring for Baby at Night
Source: UNICEF
Description: A presentation for parents, along with a script for the presenting health professional, concerning how to best care for and feed infant at night. Updated 2011
Date of Access: October 2015



Educational

Night Rooming-In: Who Decides?
Source: BIRTH
Description: Academic paper studying the effect of staff on a mother’s attitude toward night rooming-in and night breastfeeding.
Date of Publication: 2005



Patient Rooming-In
Practical and Educational

ABM Protocol for Cosleeping and Breastfeeding
Source: ABM
Description: Provides information for providers on cosleeping and its effect on breastfeeding, along with a sample protocol to follow.
Date of Publication: Updated in 2008



Rooming-In: What Nurses and Providers Need to Know
Source: MN Breastfeeding Coalition
Description: Example script for how a nurse or other care provider may respond if a mother asks that her baby be taken to the nursery. Also includes a short description of why rooming-in is the preferred policy.
Date of Access: October 2015



​Keeping Mothers and Infants Together After Cesarean
Source: Nursing for Women’s Health
Description: The story of how one hospital in Louisiana changed their practice and decreased the separation time of mothers and infants following a C-section.
Date of Publication: 2012



Texas Ten Step Guide to Rooming-In
Source: Texas Ten Step
Description: A comprehensive guide to rooming-in and its benefits. Includes a sample protocol and practical advice.
Date of Access: October 2015



Practical

Sample Script for Nurses
Source: Texas Ten Step Program
Description: A sample of possible responses nurses and other providers can use when a new mother asks to bottle-feed or to have her child taken to the nursery.
Date of Access: October 2015




​Sample Rooming-In Decision Tree

Source: Erlanger
Description: One version of a decision tree to decide if rooming-in is or is not appropriate for a particular patient.
Date of Access: October 2015



Educational

Impact of Rooming-In on Maternal Sleep
Source: JOGNN
Description: A classic study on the effects of rooming-in on maternal sleep. Written for professionals.
Date of Publication: 1988



Poster Advocating for Rooming-In
Source: Erlanger
Description: A poster, meant to be placed in an L&D unit, promoting rooming-in and explaining why the hospital supports it. Available in English and Spanish.
Date of Access: October 2015



No Separation of Mother and Baby
Source: Journal of Perinatal Education
Description: A Care Practice Paper that presents the evidence for keeping mothers and babies together after birth, including rooming-in.
Date of Publication: 2007



​UNICEF Statement on Bed-Sharing
Source: UNICEF
Description: A position statement on bed-sharing between parents and infants.
Date of Publication: 2014



St. Mary’s Rooming-In Sample Flyer
Source: NICHQ
Description: A flyer promoting rooming-in for new mothers.
Date of Access: October 2015



Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety
Source: AAP
Description: The AAP's recommendations on keeping infant safe while sleeping
Date of Publication: 2011