Couplet Care Program
Bonding with your baby and learning his or her early habits is an important part of the birthing experience.
Munroe Regional Medical Center offers a special kind of birthing experience called Couplet Care. The new mother and infant remain together and are cared for together by a single nurse. Studies show that infants cry less in their mother’s presence and have lower blood pressure and more stable temperature, pulse, and respirations.
Couplet Care ensures that the mother, baby and family spend as much time together as possible allowing mothers to learn as much about their baby’s sleeping and feeding habits as possible, fostering the early bonding that is so important.
Benefits of Couplet Care:
- One nurse cares for both mother and baby
- Baby remains at mother's bedside
While the participation of a father or partner in the actual birth has become routine, Couplet Care encourages them to be present for the duration of mother and baby's stay at the hospital. Deluxe accommodations are available, Couplet Care rooms include extra sleeping accommodations, and there are no limitations on how long or how often fathers visit. Couplet Care places an emphasis on a mother and baby being cared for together by the same nurse. The maternity staff follows this care unless otherwise clinically indicated.
Couplet Care enhances the birth experience:
- Personalized care provides a better education for parents
- Mom is prepared to go home with confidence
- Maternal-infant bonding is promoted
- Family-centered care is a priority
- Support is provided through lactation initiation and breast feeding
- Mother has peace of mind with her baby at her bedside
- No special moments are missed
Our nurses are prepared to provide support, encouragement, and education in how best to care for your baby. We have additional specialists on our team for support when other needs arise such as: lactation consultant, social worker, and case manager.
Special Services (Potential Complications)
Most babies are born well and healthy but if your baby requires special care, Munroe has a team of neonatologists who will consult with your pediatrician or assume the care of your baby. Munroe’s neonatologists are provided through a special partnership with the University of Florida College of Medicine. This special partnership also provides for a special transport team that is on stand-by to transport your baby to Shands at the University of Florida should your baby need other neonatal specialist physicians and intensive therapy not available in Ocala.
Our staff delivers 2,700 babies a year at Munroe. We recognize this special time in the lives of parents, siblings, extended family and friends as they welcome the newest member of the family.