The Maternal Infant Services (MIS) Unit at Sharp Mary Birch provides care for women after the delivery of their babies. We monitor the mother's and baby’s physical recoveries and provide education and practice in caring for a new baby. The goal is for the new mother and her family to go home with a sense of competence and confidence in caring for their newborn.
Why Choose Sharp Mary Birch for Maternal Infant Services?
- Each year, more than 8,000 babies enter the world in the family-centered care environment at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
- Our Maternal Infant Services Unit includes a special Infant Observation Unit (IOU) for babies who need further care and attention
- The unit is staffed with registered nurses, lactation consultants and specialists who deliver care specific to the needs of the new baby and his or her mother
Maternal Infant Programs and Services at Sharp Mary Birch
Each of our rooms offers a sofa for your guests, which turns into a sleeper sofa for one overnight guest, age 18 years or older. Clean linens are provided.
During your stay our birth certificate department will process your baby’s birth certificate and submit the paperwork to obtain a Social Security number. Your baby’s Social Security card will arrive in the mail after you are home from the hospital.
Our nurses are skilled at helping new moms learn how to breastfeed, and when extra help is needed, a certified lactation consultant can provide additional support.
Daily Family Home Care Class
We offer this free class during your hospital stay which covers the most important information you need to care for yourself and your baby. All family members are welcome to attend.
Before leaving the hospital, you will receive a complimentary Sharp Mary Birch diaper bag.
We support your baby “rooming in,” which means he or she will be with you from the time of delivery until you go home. All hospital services will occur in your room, allowing you and your new family time to bond.
Food and Nutrition Services Hostess
A hostess will come into your room daily to take your meal orders and will deliver them directly to you.
Help When You Go Home
A list of community resources will be provided for you before discharge should you need help from an outside agency when you go home.
Newborn Hearing Screening Program
Each new baby receives a newborn hearing screening. Your baby will have his or her hearing test performed in your room and you will receive the results before you leave the hospital.
We have quiet time daily from 4 to 5 pm, during which all staff members limit their visits. In order to enjoy this hour, we encourage you to have your visitors come before or after this designated time.
Resource Guide Booklet
Our New Beginnings Resource Guide will be a valuable resource for you in the first few months after you get home. It is filled with information on newborn care, breastfeeding, how to take care of yourself and includes a list of county-wide resources for additional help when you go home.
For your convenience, your nurse will carry a phone that you can call directly in case you need to reach her.
Maternal Infant Services Location
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
3003 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
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