In the history of giving birth....women were put to bed by the female members of the family and the female mambers cared for the infant until the mother was strong enough and recovered enough from delivery and brought the infant when the mother requested. While the family cared for the household.
I breastfed both of my children and that was my personal choice. After delivery I roomed with both of my children but on the first night I did sent my baby back to the nursery for a few hours after taking 2 percocet for my fourth degree tear, episotomy and cervical tear from my 11 lb precipitious delivery of, I live far from family... and my husband ahd taken our 11 month old daughter home....so I was alone. Why should I be bullied by another nurse by making me sign a waiver that I would rather not bond with my child? I tell you what....If I was ever given that by a hospital I would start a one man smear campagin against that facility.
What about the bill of rights and the right to refuse. Wow, as a nurse I'm not sure I could comply with this mandate if I was employed there....I'd probably start looking for another job.
"I would like my baby to be separated from me despite all of the benefits of rooming in. I give permission for my baby to go the nursery despite the fact that we will not receive the mutal benefits of rooming in."
Really???? Wow.....talk about intimidation tactics......
When did some nurses get the right to bully people into our beliefs. I find this "Baby Friendly" an agenda a bit extreme. If I listened to La Leche League I'd still be breast feeding my son at 14. I take issue with ANYONE shoving their agenda down my throat because THEY believe it's better.
I think some nurses need to be very careful to encourage healthy choices through education and support and not shove their personal biases and agendas down someone's throat because we know we are right.
It sounds to me like your lactation consultant isn't promoting health and good habits for a healthy baby......she has an agenda and she going to use any platform she can to shove it down anyones throat. I get the "baby friendly" stuff but I still have the right to give my kid a pacifier it I so choose....it's my child right????
I have to say I would NOT have a child in that enviroment that bullied instead of nurtured it's beliefs and as a nurse......I think I would have to find another hospital to be employed by with a less militant approach that nurtured it's patients not bullied them.
OP ........I feel for you as I can see you are conflicted. YOu want to encourage what is the best practice but agree it's a personal choice and one night in the nursery beats an exhausted Mommy and an injured baby on the floor. I feel for your dilemma........:heartbeat I don't have any advice other than follow your gut