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 at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Each spacious suite offers comfortable furniture, muted colors and subdued lighting, as well as a private bathroom, cable television with on-demand entertainment and education, 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 breast-feeding, bottle-feeding and basic infant care and safety—and perform a hearing screening and congenital congestive heart disease (CCHD) testing on your newborn. We’ll also assist you in completing the birth certificate. If you have questions, you may call the birth registrar at 301-754-7185 at Holy Cross Hospital or 301-557-5984 at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.
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.
Use of the Television, Internet and Cellular Phones
Both hospitals offer free wireless Internet access. Patients and visitors are permitted to bring wireless-enabled laptops for communication needs. Cellular phones may be used within the maternity areas of the hospital except in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holy Cross Hospital and the Special Care Nursery at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.
myStation is your in-room education and entertainment center, accessible via your television. The system allows you to watch TV, view on demand more than 20 educational videos related to pregnancy and women’s health, watch movies, play games, access the Internet, and learn more about the hospital.
While you are staying in your maternity suite, you can ask your nurse to connect you with an on-site, professional photographer to take photos of your baby that are then posted in an online “nursery” 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.
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 at Holy Cross Hospital or 301-557-6195 at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.
Sign language and foreign language interpretation is available.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of your baby is of the utmost importance. Please abide by the following guidelines:
- When walking in the halls or using the bathroom, place your baby in the rolling bassinet.
- If your baby needs to leave the room for a procedure or test, a nurse will explain where your babyn is going and why. Remember to ask your nurse any questions that you have, including when your baby will return.
- Do not sleep while holding the baby in your bed or in a chair.
- Place your baby on his or her back in the bassinet to sleep. Do not place pillows, blankets, stuffed animals or toys in the bassinet.
- Turn on a light when moving the baby to or from the bassinet.
- Keep your baby in your sight at all times.
- Shut your door while you are sleeping or resting.
Our hospitals use a state-of-the art infant security system. You will receive information about the system when you are in the Labor and Delivery unit. All hospital staff wear photo identification badges. The badges of maternity staff include a yellow bar at Holy Cross Hospital and an orange bar at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.