Private Maternity Suites: Home-Like Environment for Rest and Comfort
After the birth of your baby, you can rest and recuperate in your private maternity suite at Holy Cross Hospital located in Silver Spring and, when it opens in October 2014, at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Each spacious suite offers comfortable furniture, muted colors and subdued lighting, as well as a private bathroom, cable television and free wireless Internet access.
The private maternity suites feature the most current hospital maternity suites design concepts—with home-like environments for mothers, newborns, family and friends.
The suites offer a host of amenities to make your stay comfortable:
Care for You and Your Baby
Registered nurses care for mothers and newborns in our private maternity suites. Certified nursing assistants and certified lactation consultants are also available.
We encourage mothers to keep their babies with them in their private hospital suite. "Rooming-in" with your baby provides a great opportunity to get to know your newborn.
While you are recovering, we’ll teach you about your after-delivery care, as well as breastfeeding, bottle-feeding and basic infant care and safety—and perform a hearing screening on your newborn. We’ll also assist you in completing the birth certificate. If you have any questions, you may call our birth registrar at 301-754-7185.
“At Your Request" room service is offered for our private maternity suites patients. This service allows new mothers to order meals from an extensive menu. You can browse through a restaurant-style menu and call to place your order anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Kosher and vegetarian options are available. You also may order food for visitors for a fee.
Food for Your Visitors
Our cafeterias, cafés and vending machines are available for your visitors.
The Newborn Channel is a closed-circuit television network available in each room at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., maternity suites. The channel offers informative programs on breastfeeding, infant care and other subjects for new mothers and caregivers.
While you are recovering in your private hospital suite, we’re happy to take photos of your baby that can be posted on our online "nursery," at the Mom365 website for you to enjoy, share with loved ones and purchase. This safe, secure and private service is available upon request. Enter the Mom365 online nursery.
Internet and Cell Phones
Holy Cross Hospital offers free Internet access throughout the facility, and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital will also feature free wireless Internet access when it opens in October 2014.
Patients and visitors are permitted to bring wireless-enabled laptops for communication needs. Cellular phones may be used within the hospitals’ maternity areas, except in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Discharge at 11 a.m.
Before you are discharged from your private maternity suite, your obstetrician will visit with you, and your baby's pediatrician will check on your baby. Your physicians will write discharge orders for you and your baby, and your nurse will coordinate your discharge.
It’s best for mother and baby to be settled at home as early as possible on the day of your discharge. We ask that you make arrangements to leave the hospital by 11 a.m. Please don’t hesitate to ask your nurse any questions you may have prior to going home.
If you have any financial concerns, including lack of insurance or inability to pay, please contact our financial counselors at 301-754-7195 for assistance.
Sign language and foreign language interpretation is available.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of your baby is very important to us. Rest assured that we use a state-of-the-art infant security system. You will receive information about the system when you are admitted.