Medical Monday: Mom/Baby Suites help with bonding

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Research shows that bonding with a newborn is important for the health of both mom and baby.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center’s new mother/baby suites are designed to promote bonding immediately after birth.

Director of Women’s Services Tamika Williams said, “The new rooms are much bigger than the old rooms. It’s promoting family bonding.”

The suites have a couch for dad to sleep on and a rocker-glider to make breastfeeding easier for mom.

“Immediately after birth, we want to put mother and baby skin to skin, just to promote that bonding. It helps with the baby’s temperature, regulating the baby’s temperature out of the womb, and it also promotes breastfeeding. It helps with breastfeeding and stabilizing the baby,” explained Williams.

Experts say the bonding is not only good for physical health but also mental health, as it helps reduce the chance of postpartum depression.