After the birth of your baby in a private labor, delivery and recovery room (LDR) , you and your baby will be taken to one of our private maternity or pediatric suites to recover in a quiet and comfortable setting.
Holy Cross Hospital offers 68 private postpartum maternity suites - more than any other area hospital. Each spacious suite offers comfortable furniture, muted colors and subdued lighting, as well as a private bathroom, cable television and a telephone.
Care for You and Your Baby
A registered nurse will care for you and your baby. Certified nursing assistants and certified lactation consultants also will be available. We will teach you about your after-delivery care, as well as breastfeeding, bottle-feeding and basic infant care and safety. We also perform a hearing screening on all newborns.
We encourage mothers to keep their babies with them in their rooms. "Rooming-in" with your baby provides a great opportunity to get to know your newborn.
We will assist you in completing the birth certificate. If you have questions, you may call birth registrar at 301-754-7185.
Holy Cross Hospital's "At Your Request" room 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
The hospital's cafeteria, café and vending machines are available for your visitors. Learn more about our cafeteria and cafe.
The Newborn Channel, a closed-circuit television network available in each room, offers informative programs on breastfeeding, infant care and other subjects for new mothers and caregivers.
While you are staying in your recovery suite, photos of your baby can be taken and 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.
Use of the Internet and Cellular Phones
Holy Cross Hospital offers free wireless Internet access throughout the hospital. 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).
Discharge at 11 a.m.
Before you are discharged, your obstetrician will see you and your baby's pediatrician will see your baby. Your physicians will write discharge orders for you and your baby and your nurse will coordinate your discharge. It is helpful for you and your baby to be settled at home as early as possible on the day of your discharge. We ask that you make arrangements to depart the hospital by 11a.m. Please do not 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 who can assist you.
Sign language and foreign language interpretation is available.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of your baby is of the utmost importance. Holy Cross Hospital uses a state-of-the-art infant security system. You will receive information about the system when you are admitted to the hospital.