Located in the Sister Louise Anthony Building of the hospital, the new center features labor and delivery rooms with soothing colors and lighting, a family-friendly lobby and a state-of-the-art nurse's station. The all new contemporary design better matches the progressive care model of the unit which encompasses labor & delivery, the mother/baby unit with a room for family members and the maternity department.
With soft lighting, soothing artwork and spa-style features such as therapeutic massage, the new unit is designed to promote patient comfort and relaxation.
In addition to the renovated units, maternity patients will continue to benefit from our advanced care for premature and at-risk babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies as young as 28 weeks gestation and special testing and care for high-risk patients in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit.
Named for Dr. Romeo A. Vidone, a former chairman of the pathology department, the new $2.2 million center also honors the memory of his late wife, Lena.
“Baby Friendly” Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus has been designated as "baby friendly" by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). Baby-Friendly hospitals provide the highest level of care in infant nutrition education, mother-infant bonding, and confidence-building in the parenting process. Mothers delivering at baby-friendly hospitals tend to breastfeed longer than mothers delivering at other hospitals. As part of its Baby-Friendly designation, the Vidone Birth Center offers baby care classes, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding classes, and infant massage.
The BFHI was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the early 1990s to try to increase breastfeeding rates and in turn, reduce childhood illness and death. To be acknowledged as Baby Friendly, a hospital must provide the best possible care for breastfeeding mothers and their infants by following WHO’s “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” These steps ensure that all mothers receive breastfeeding education and support from trained staff.
We understand the challenges you face as a new mom with a newborn. Our new post-discharge breastfeeding program, Breastfeeding Advances Baby’s first Year (B.A.B.Y.) program offers you lactation screening, breastfeeding education, and peer support. These areas are the key components identified by Baby Friendly USA in sustaining breastfeeding. In accordance with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and Healthy People 2020, our goal is to provide the education and support you need in order to ensure your breastfeeding success.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates two billion dollars are spent each year in healthcare costs associated with newborn hospitalizations/treatments that could have been prevented by breastfeeding. Our goal is to help you maintain exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with sustained breastfeeding through baby’s first year.
We encourage all new breastfeeding moms to attend this program. Referral/appointment cards are available on the Sister Louise Anthony-5 Unit but drop-ins are welcome. We'd love to see all our breastfeeding moms and babies within the first few days of discharge. The program will cover common post- discharge breastfeeding problems. You and your baby will be screened for individual concerns by our lactation consultants, Certified Nurse Midwives and pediatricians as needed.
While this doesn't replace your routine pediatric and OB/GYN office visits, you can take advantage of this breastfeeding support as often as you'd like once you've had your initial visit. The program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. For more information, please call 203.789.4280.