Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services for expectant mothers and parents, including educational programs, diagnostic tests, a variety of childbirth options, lactation services and post-delivery care and support. One service that helps new parents adjust to parenthood is the Cradle Care Line. A parent can call the Cradle Care Line any time, day or night, and speak with someone from the maternity staff.
Callers often have questions about feeding, infants' crying and sleeping habits, etc. Parents can even call for comforting encouragement. The Cradle Care Line is available by calling 508-236-7250.
Before being discharged from Sturdy Memorial's maternity unit, parents are reassured that a maternity nurse is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that may come up after they've gone home.
The Cradle Care Line is open to new mothers and fathers, including those who didn't have their baby at Sturdy Memorial. Another unique feature is that the line is always answered by a person rather than an answering machine or service that takes messages.
Nurses answer questions at the time of the call, based on information provided by the caller. Commonly asked questions include:
- My baby seems colicky. Is there anything I can do to ease his symptoms?
- My baby cries constantly for a couple of hours each evening, and nothing calms her. What can I do? What could be causing the discomfort?
- What position should my baby sleep in?
- When I put my baby down to sleep, should I make sure the house is totally quiet?
- My baby wants to sleep all the time and sometimes falls asleep in the middle of a feeding. What should I do?
- I think she may be jaundiced. What should I do?
- How do I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk?
- I experience increased bleeding after breastfeeding my baby. Is this normal?