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The team

The team on our postnatal ward takes an integrative and holistic approach to their work. This means that midwives, paediatric nurses and nurses work together for the well-being of your new family. We provide you with individual support depending on your specific situation during your first few days with your newborn baby.

Our 24-hour “rooming in” policy helps you get to know your child more quickly and encourages bonding.

Our aim is to promote your self-competence and to help you and your baby to bond with each other so you will be a well-established team when it is time for you to be discharged home.

Catering

We pay special attention to providing a fresh and healthy diet using local products in our catering. The products we use are almost exclusively from producers based in the Odenwald and Taunus regions. With the weekly mean plan as a reference, the daily patient questionnaire allows you to communicate your wishes to our. In the mornings, you can choose either to visit our breakfast buffet or to have your meal brought to your room.

Lunch and supper are served in your room and appropriate breastfeeding-friendly food is provided for breastfeeding mothers.

We would be glad to accommodate any individual requirements or special diets you might have after discussing it with you. In-house dietary counselling can also be arranged.

Warm drinks are available around the clock in our lounge, where you are welcome to come and relax with your visitors.

The nursery

You will learn how to care for and handle your newborn baby in our nursery. Our care team will support you in this, helping you to become fully autonomous. Here, the nurses will be able to get an idea of your child's condition. They will keep an eye on your baby’s body temperature, breathing, skin colour, bodily excretions and behaviour and will check for weight loss or gain and will help to make sure that the umbilical cord is healing well.

If any abnormalities are detected, they can react immediately and if necessary call in a paediatrician.

24-hour rooming-in

24-hour rooming-in is offered to help mother and baby bond right from the start. You can keep your baby with you day and night. You can get to know each other in peace and tranquillity and you can learn to understand your baby’s needs by becoming familiar with his or her signals and reacting accordingly.

It is precisely in these first few days after birth that important foundations are laid, such as mother and baby developing similar sleeping and waking patterns. In turn, this is helpful in making the transition to home and encourages the milk production process.

However, you are also welcome to hand the baby over to the nurses’ care for a while, above all at night.

Breastfeeding counselling

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. Breastfeeding provides the most natural nutrition for babies and also promotes close contact between mother and child. The composition of breast milk is optimally matched to the baby’s requirements and also contains antibodies and defence cells.

Whenever possible, the baby is brought to the breast within the first two hours after birth, while still in the delivery room. By latching on frequently and at an early stage, the child is able to receive the colostrum or first milk, which contains important antibodies, helps establish beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and stimulates intestinal peristalsis, which aids the passage of meconium.

During the first few days, the frequency with which a baby wishes to be breastfeed can vary enormously and also depends on your baby's temperament. Breastfeeding your baby on demand gives her the possibility to find her own rhythm. In general, babies are very unsettled and hungry at night and often want to feed every one or two hours. Your levels of prolactin, the milk production hormone, increase at night (in the dark), so offering your baby the breast more frequently during this phase can help to increase your milk production.

It is important that you pay attention to your baby’s hunger signals and that you nurse your baby whenever he is hungry. During the first few days, clear hunger signals will include sucking movements, sucking noises, licking his lips, sticking out his tongue and putting his hand in his mouth. Crying is a late sign of hunger.

Women who wish to breastfeed are provided with optimum support by our trained team to get their nursing relationship off to a good start. If your child also requires expressed milk or extra nutrition for medical reasons, we will show you a range of alternative feeding methods, from using a cup, spoon or syringe to “finger feeding”.

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