Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital

Bonding with Your Baby


After your baby’s birth, we make every effort to keep you and your baby together.

  • The first few hours immediately after birth may include skin-to-skin bonding and breastfeeding.
  • Skin-to-skin bonding is when your baby is placed directly on your bare chest wearing only a diaper right after he/she is born.
  • The benefits of skin-to-skin bonding are:
    • Easier transition from the womb to the outside world
    • Better temperature control for your baby
    • Reduces stress for both you and your baby
    • Helps increase breastfeeding success
  • You will have the opportunity to participate as your baby is weighed and measured in your room.
  • Your baby’s bath will take place about eight or more hours after birth. Waiting to give your baby a bath will help control his/her temperature and protect his/her skin.

Maternity Care at Hackensack Univeristy Medical Center


Learn more about Maternity Care at Hackensack Univeristy Medical Center featuring Dr. Manuel Alvarez, Chairman, Department of Obstertics and Gynecology.

Magnet Award-Winning Nurses


Providing highly skilled, relationship-based nursing services throughout all areas of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associated patient care units. These highly-educated and specialty-certified healthcare professionals care for patients in the inpatient antepartum unit, mother-baby post-partum rooms, newborn nurseries, neonatal intensive care nursery, maternal-fetal medicine perinatal diagnostic unit, and in labor and delivery.

Our Magnet Accreditation