Welcome to Pregnancy and Maternity, sengeafsnit 1

Information about the Maternity Unit.

Congratulations on your newborn baby, and welcome to the Maternity Unit at Herlev Hospital.

With this information, we hope to make you feel settled and comfortable during your stay. In this brochure you will find information about the first days with your newborn child, as well as practical information about the Maternity Unit.

Midwives and nurses will be present in the Maternity Unit at all hours of the day. We expect you to let us know if you need assistance.

Midwives and nurses will be present in the Maternity Unit at all hours of the day. We expect you to let us know if you need assistance.

The excepted length of your stay with us will depend on your birth. Generally, we offer a stay of one night for first time-families after a birth without complications.

Skin-to-skin contact

The best way for a baby to adapt to the new conditions of life is by being held skin-to-skin on the mother’s (or father’s) chest, wearing nothing but a nappy/diaper. However, do ensure that the baby is covered by a blanket or duvet.

When a baby is skin-to-skin it’s temperature, breathing, blood-sugar and pulse will become stabilized.

In addition to this, the baby will have more energy to suck, which will help to enable successful breastfeeding.

Remember to put the rails up on each side of the bed, whilst lying with your baby, and remember that the baby needs to have clothes on whenever it is not lying skin-to-skin. Otherwise the baby risks getting too cold.

Baby-led breastfeeding

Baby-led breastfeeding means letting the baby suckle on the breast for as long and as often as possible. Baby should have a minimum of 8 feedings a day, and most babies will ask for a lot more.The baby should have free access to the breast. Allow the baby to suck as soon as it shows the early signs of wanting to feed. These signs include rapid eye-movements under the eyelids, sucking, moving of arms and legs, searching for the breast, putting it’s fingers near it’s mouth.

Crying is a late sign.

Breastfeeding – the first 3 days

  1. Skin to skin - primarily mother
  2. Free access to the breast – frequent feedings
  3. Good positions – preferably laid back
  4. Shared project – partner most important factor

The first day


Baby-led breastfeeding. Allow the baby free access to the breast. Be sure to give the baby lots of skin-to-skin contact – primarily with the mother. Keep in mind, that breastfeeding is a shared project, and that the partner is the most important factor. Good positions for breastfeeding is also of great importance – try the laid back position.


Most newborns are awake for 2-3 hours after delivery. Afterwards, some babies sleep for a long period of time whilst others are awake and feed frequently. Newborns that don’t wake up by themselves, should then be held skin-to-skin. If the baby has not breastfed 12 hours after delivery, the baby should be stimulated to feed by the mother expressing a bit of colostrum by hand and giving it to the baby. Colostrum is the first milk produced in the breasts during the pregnancy. Colostrum has a high fat content and is designed to keep the baby’s blood sugar balanced. It has a lot of antibodies that are very important for the baby.


Usually, the baby will urinate for the first time within the first 24 hours of delivery. Sometimes you will see orange spots in the urine which is completely normal.


Most newborns will pass black-coloured stool a few times during the first day after delivery. If the baby has not passed stool 48 hours at the latest after delivery, you should contact a nurse or a midwife.

The second day


Continue baby-led breastfeeding and 24 hour access to the breast. The baby should, however, feed a minimum of 8 times a day. Yet 10-12 times during the second day after delivery is not uncommon.
It is normal that the baby will not have a regular feeding pattern.


By now most babies are more awake, especially during the night. However it is normal for newborns to sleep 14-20 hours during the day. If the baby does not wake up after having slept for four hours in a row, you should wake the baby, put it skin-to-skin and offer the baby to be fed – also during the night.


The baby urinates two times or more during the day. When the milk has come in, the baby will have 5-6 wet nappies/diapers every day. See the brochure ”Tjek bleen” for more information.


The baby will still pass black-coloured stool. However it will start to change both colour and consistency within the first 2-3 days. If the baby does not pass stool every day, you should consult the staff.


In some cases, a baby who is not doing well, can be very tired and difficult to wake. Usually they will cry frequently, they will seem inattentive and uneasy, and have very little appetite.
Signs of a baby who is doing well:

  • Shows interest in feeding and breastfeeds a minimum of 8 times a day
  • Is awake and attentive
  • Seems at ease and content most of the time
  • Does not constantly seem uneasy and does not seem tired most of the time
  • Passes a stool in accordance with age
  • Has wet nappies/diapers in accordance with age
  • Has a normal skin colour. Not pale or greyish.

Practical information

Visiting hours

Getting to know your baby and establishing successful breastfeeding, requires peace and quiet. For that reason it is important that your guests respect our visiting hours which are between 16:30 - 18:00. If you have guests outside of visiting hours, you are welcome to sit in the vestibule of the hospital.

Food and drink

All meals are served from the buffet on the ground floor. We can offer meals for the mother plus one partner. Please clear your table once you are finished with your meal. If you have eaten your meal in your own room, we ask you kindly to bring the tray back to the cafeteria afterwards.


It is necessary to wash and sanitize your hands several times a day when you are in the maternity unit. We kindly ask you to use hand sanitizers, before you take food or drinks from the buffet, before using the kitchenette and when collecting linen or pads from the cabinets.


In the kitchenette you will find a microwave oven and hot tops which you can use, if you need to heat up food. If you put food-items in the fridge, please remember to label them with your room number, date and time.

In the freezer you can find iced pads that can be used for relief if you have a vaginal tear. Please wrap the pad in a stocking or a cloth before use.

Mobile phones

You can charge your mobile phone and your computer in the transformer in your room. Do not, however, use the transformer to plug in your hairdryer or shaver.


Wireless internet is available in the Maternity Unit. Please select the network named ”RegHGaest”, go to the internet browser, type your e-mail address and log on to the network. The access is valid for 7 days.


Your room and toilet is cleaned when needed, by service-assistants. However, we expect you to change your towels and bed linen yourself, should the need arise.
We kindly ask that you clean up after yourself in all of the common areas, so that we can keep the maternity unit tidy at all times. In B14 you will find a room for garbage, where you can get rid of dirty towels, bed linen, flowers, wrapping paper and so on.

Upon discharge

When you are discharged from the unit, you are expected to dispose of garbage and laundry from your own room. Please leave the pillows and blankets on the bed. Items such as vases, wrapping paper and dirty linnen/towels are to be disposed of in the garbage-room.

A day in the Maternity Unit

07:45-08:30 am

Served from the buffet on the ground floor. If you are being discharged, it would be a great help to us if you could pack your things and leave your room before 10:00.

9:30-10:15 am

Parental information on breastfeeding, the newborn baby and what to be aware of when discharged. Takes place in the ”living room area”.

12:00-12:45 pm

Served from the buffet on the ground floor.

6:00-6:45 pm

Served from the buffet on the ground floor.

4.30.-6.00 pm

Visiting hours.