There's a national push to get newborn babies breastfeeding and bonding with Mom right away and in the first few minutes of life. This means many hospitals are eliminating nurseries, so babies are with Mom full-time. Some moms are loving the new trend, while others don’t feel so supported.
No more looking through the nursery window at all the babies. Instead, it's all about rooming in, with the baby never leaving Mom's side. It's all to promote breastfeeding. "There's no doubt that breastfeeding is the best. It's the best way that you can keep your baby healthy and safe," says Dr. Lara Williams, an OB/GYN at The Oregon Clinic.
She loves this trend, but says, "It's a catch-22 because you've got moms that really want that baby and that's lovely, but they're falling asleep on the baby or they don't have the support." Rachel Bies, a mom of three, is a lactation consultant. She wishes moms could get more rest in the hospital, especially moms who are all alone.
“It's amazing how much more realistic and rational you can think when you've had a couple – two to three -- hours of sleep, rather than that constant being awake, and you're hyper-vigilant and it's scary," Bies says."
"Our goal is that each mother gets individualized care,” says MacEnroe, who runs Baby Friendly USA, which helps hospitals get what's called a Baby-Friendly designation. She wants moms to tell hospitals if they've had a bad experience, so the system actually works and doesn't harm moms unintentionally.
"As they say, it takes a village; and so one of the things that maybe we can do – socially -- how do we create that village to support mothers?" MacEnroe asks.
Dr. Williams explained that moms need to reach out for help, and maybe look at doulas if they can afford it. "Maybe they come to the hospital for labor support, but for postpartum support," Williams said.
Affiliate KATU contributed to this report.