Medical treatment and professional consultation
A doctor will examine you at least twice during your stay: within the first several hours your arrival on the unit and before you are discharged. In addition, if you need an additional assessment or exam, please contact the department secretary.
During the first several hours following your delivery, the nurse will examine, guide and advise you. If you need painkillers or any assistance, you are invited to contact the staff, who will be happy to be at your disposal. If you are dizzy, have excessive bleeding (more than normal menstrual volume – more than 3 pad changes in half an hour), severe pain in the perineum (the space between the vulva and the anus), please notify the nurse, who will follow up with the appropriate intervention.
The breastfeeding consultant is available throughout the day and evening. You can receive breastfeeding consulting as necessary by scheduling with the department secretary. This free service is supplementary to the routine breastfeeding consultation provided by the departmental nurses.
Rooms on the unit
The unit features about 50 single rooms, each designated for you – the mother – and a significant other. Each room is equipped with a comfortable adjustable bed for you, an extra bed for your partner, a personal computer screen, a baby-care area, a nursing chair and a spacious shower with a towel warmer.
Entrance to the room is via a magnetic card, which you will receive upon arrival to the department. People who observe the Sabbath can receive a manual key from the secretary.
Contacting the nurse or aide
Each room is equipped with a two-way intercom with the secretary's desk. In the evening, when the desk is not staffed, a call on the intercom will place a call to a staff nurse.
Bed linens and personal belongings
Bedding, hospital gowns, pads and towels for personal use are located in your room closet. When necessary, the nurse's aide will change your bedding.
Lis offers two rooming-in options:
- The Center for Parent-Newborn Bonding
The baby-friendly center enables you and your partner to keep your baby around-the-clock – from the moment you deliver until you are discharged home. The postpartum nurse instructs you on caring for your baby. Should your baby need testing, you or your partner may accompany the newborn and be present during the testing.
This option enables babies to room in with you. You may return your baby to the nursery when you choose.
The amount of time your baby stays with you is up to you, unless there is a medical indication – as directed by the pediatrician. Lis encourages parents to keep their babies in their rooms, offering you the full support and assistance of the newborn care team.
Duration of stay on the unit
After a routine birth, you will be hospitalized between 36 and 48 hours, and after a C-section, you will stay for 72 hours. Discharges are scheduled daily based on patient delivery time, and can occur up until 9:00 PM.
Visiting hours and rest on the unit
One significant other can stay in your room 24/7. Others are invited to visit you and your baby during visiting hours as follows:
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Meals on the unit
During your stay in the department, you will receive personal meals served to you from a diverse, nutritious menu. If you are vegan, vegetarian or diabetic, or need gluten-free or low-lactose foods, please indicate this when ordering your meal on your in-room computer screen. Ultra-Orthodox patients can request "Mehadrin" kosher meals.
Approximate meal times
8:00 AM – Breakfast
12:30 PM – Lunch
6:30 PM – Dinner
If you arrive on the unit after mealtime, the nurse's aide can bring you a light meal and the hot drink of your choice. For your convenience, there is also a beverage station located in the unit lobby during all hours of the day and night.
A personal computer screen for each patient
For your convenience, each patient has a computer system, where you can watch training videos on postpartum recovery, breastfeeding and baby care, specially produced for Lis patients. You can also order personal meals, surf the internet and play computer games.
Below are the main courses provided regularly to new mothers. Please check with the unit secretary on the tutorial schedule and location.
- Breastfeeding: Postpartum nurses provide group breastfeeding instruction.
- Baby comes home: The home baby-care instruction course is open to all new mothers.
- Baby-care: On the unit, the nurse can provide new mothers instruction on bottle feeding, diapering, saving pumped breastmilk, etc.
During your stay, you will receive self-care instruction. In preparation for your discharge, the unit nurses will instruct you on postpartum recovery (the first 6 weeks after delivery) and the changes to expect during that time.
On the morning of discharge, you will be examined by a doctor, and the nurse will give you a discharge letter from the maternity ward. This starts at approximately 9:00 AM.
Mothers can release [SLF1] their babies from the nursery after presenting the following items:
- The release letter from the maternity ward
- A completed newborn registration form
- Baby clothes
- A car seat or baby carrier