We encourage parents to spend as much time with their newborns as possible. Most babies can be held, even with special equipment. You will be able to touch your baby while he or she is in an isolette.
Softly talking or singing to your baby can be soothing to both parent and newborn.
Staff can teach you bonding techniques like "kangaroo care" - placing the baby on your bare chest for skin to skin contact.
One of the most difficult experiences for parents of Special Care Nursery babies is having your baby hospitalized after you go home. It's important to remember that you are a vital partner in helping your baby receive the best and most advanced care possible.
The Family BirthPlace provides the services of Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. Our consultants offer special training and tips to all mothers, including mothers of Special Care Nursery newborns, who may be unable to nurse for a time.
Breastfeeding Support Center
For help with breastfeeding, mothers can call our Breast Feeding Support Center.
New Britain General campus:
An informal walk-in support group for nursing mothers meets Wednesdays 10 - 11 a.m. in the Family BirthPlace lounge. The group is facilitated by our certified lactation consultant. Topics may include technique, milk supply, pumping and returning to work. (860) 224-5226
Family Enrichment Center
The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Family Enrichment Center helps families achieve parenting goals through a blend of programs that emphasize family support, bonding and nurturing. Programs are free for families in Greater New Britain. Learn more