NWH: Quiet Time During Postpartum Hospitalization Can Improve Rest, Bonding, and Breastfeeding


Childbearing families spend only a brief period of time in the hospital after birth. During their stay, women and newborns must adjust to the life-altering circumstances that accompany becoming part of a new family unit. Parents must also be open to receiving a wide range of health education while distracted and exhausted. The reality of inpatient hospitalization is that it is often an environment full of unwelcome sensory stimulation. Interruptions from visitors and hospital staff may also infringe on privacy or alone time. The care provided is not always sensitive to a family’s needs. Initial research on quiet time initiatives during the postpartum hospitalization have shown promising results for supporting rest, bonding, and breastfeeding and improving patient satisfaction scores.