What are "maternity suites"

  1. This may be a dumb question, but who better to ask than allnurses.com!

    I am a new graduate nurse applying to a new grad job listed as "maternity suites". In this particular hospital they also have jobs (not new grad) listed as "labor and delivery unit". Could someone clue me in to the differences so I don't say something stupid in my cover letter?
    Thanks for any help!
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  3. by   Miss Molly
    I think they might be referring to the post-partum floor.
  4. by   hereshoping
    Maternity suites usually refer to labor, delivery, postpartum, and recovery all in one room (assuming it's an uncomplicated labor, of course). However, where I worked, there was a labor and delivery staff who took care of the patient until about 2 hours after delivery, and then there's a postpartum/mother-baby staff who takes care of the mom/baby until discharge. Maybe that's what it's about. Hope that helps a bit....
  5. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    Ok, that sounds about right. Thanks for the input.
  6. by   Double-Helix
    Most hospitals use Maternity Suite as a fancy way of saying postpartum rooms. It makes it sounds more luxurious for the patients delivering there.
  7. by   Graduation2016
    It's an area thats usually locked down and includes L&D, special care (gestational diabetes, PIH, etc) and then the Mother/Baby rooms. Some hospitals have the LDRR, in which you stay in the same room you deliver in the whole time.