EL CENTRO – July 5, 2017– El Centro Regional Medical Center
(ECRMC) is pleased to introduce Couplet Care in its Maternity Department.
With a focus on Family Centered Care, newborn babies will stay in the
room with their mothers and a support person throughout their hospital stay.
Couplet Care offers benefits for mother and child. Avoiding the stress
of separation the baby sleeps better, cries less and can feed more often.
All this in turn provides a number of benefits for the mother. The additional
time together allows mothers to learn more about the needs of their new
baby, their individual nuances, feeding cues and characteristics –
better preparing them for care at home. Breastfeeding is often improved
as well, lactation begins sooner and studies show that women in Couplet
Care exclusively breastfeed longer. The Mother/Baby team and Lactation
Support group work together to provide hands-on education to assist in
“The benefits of Couplet Care are immeasurable,” said Ruth
Perry, Certified Nurse Midwife. “ECRMC is providing the best quality
of care possible and that includes ensuring that our maternity patients
are well prepared to handle the changes in life that come with having
A support person is also considered vital in Couplet Care. ECRMC allows
the support person to stay with maternity and newborn patients 24 hours
a day during their care. The support person is also instructed on how
to assist when needed.
El Centro Regional Medical Center
ECRMC is an acute-care medical center, serving the health care needs of
the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to the 161-bed hospital, ECRMC
also owns and operates the Oncology & Hematology of Imperial Valley,
Wound Healing Center and outpatient clinics in El Centro and Calexico.
The outpatient centers provide exceptional primary and specialty care
for residents seeking enhanced well-being and improved quality of life.