As a first time mother, I was thrilled to find out the hospital I was giving birth in kept babies in the rooms with mothers unless for some reason they had to go to the NICU. Thinking about this gave me comfort. I would have my son with me and nobody could take him away from me. When my family visited me, he would be there with me to meet them. When he cried, I would be there to comfort him.
I would be able to observe the care he received at all times. I would be able to feed him when he was hungry and bathe him when he needed it. My husband and I were so excited to share our private suite with him.
It was great...in theory.
In practice it was a trying experience.