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Birthing rooms are fully equipped for standard, complication-free deliveries. Many look like a cozy bedroom or hotel room and may feature soft lighting, artwork, curtains on the windows, a rocking chair or a recliner, and a soft comfortable bed that converts to a birthing bed.

In most hospitals, a new mother and her baby (if she chooses the rooming in option) are moved from the birthing room to a postpartum room an hour or so after delivery. This gives the new family plenty of uninterrupted time to bond and fall in love with their new baby. Some very progressive hospitals will allow the father and siblings to share the room with the mother and baby for the entire hospital stay.

Birthing rooms are a very popular amenity and, at many facilities, the demand for them far exceeds the supply of rooms so they're often assigned on a first come, first served basis. It's a smart move for an expectant mother to check her hospital's policy and find out how many birthing rooms they have so she won't be disappointed when it's time to deliver her baby.

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