room·​ing-in ˈrü-miŋ-ˈin How to pronounce rooming-in (audio)
: an arrangement in a hospital whereby a newborn infant is kept in a crib at the mother's bedside instead of in a nursery

Examples of rooming-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, as hospital nurseries close or become mostly deserted in some baby-friendly hospitals, rooming-in has received backlash from parents and experts alike. Risa Kerslake, Parents, 10 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rooming-in was in 1943

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“Rooming-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


room·​ing-in ˈrüm-iŋ-ˈin, ˈru̇m- How to pronounce rooming-in (audio)
: an arrangement in a hospital whereby a newborn infant is kept in the mother's hospital room instead of in a nursery
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