Mother/Baby Unit

Following your delivery, you will be moved to one of thirty spacious and newly renovated Mother / Baby Suites where you and your baby will room together.

Upon arrival to the Mother/Baby Unit

Upon arrival to our unit, you and your infant will be provided with the items needed to care for your new baby. The nursing staff will check your baby’s temperature, heart, and respiratory rate frequently during the first 24 hours following birth.

Safe Sleep for your Newborn

We make every preparation and take every precaution to ensure that you and your baby are comfortable and safe. We want to provide clear and simple guidelines about safe sleep for your baby.  AAP recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:

  • Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet
  • Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
  • Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface.
  • Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.


Mother/Baby Visitation Guidelines

It will be your decision as to who visits you and when. We encourage you to have as many visitors as you would like, but keep in mind that you and your baby also need rest and quiet time together. Your baby will remain in your room during your hospital stay but if necessary may be taken to the nursery for special reasons, such as for circumcision or at the pediatrician’s request.

We encourage siblings to spend time with mom and the new baby. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is able to supervise them for the entire visit. We ask that all visitors be well and have no signs of fever, cold, runny nose, rash, sore throat or diarrhea. Everyone who touches the baby should wash their hands well before entering the room.

Going Home

The discharge process on the Mother/Baby unit is different from other units in the hospital. Oftentimes, we have two or more patients going home at the same time. Your doctor may discharge you early in the morning but the baby may need additional procedures that delay leaving right away. Please be aware that we’ll make every effort to get you and your baby home safely and as soon as possible.

Contact Us

1924 Alcoa Highway
3rd Floor, Heart Hospital
Knoxville, TN 37920