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Birthing Education And Support

Before Baby Goes Home

New parents have a lot to remember. The staff of the Family Birthing Center would like to help with a few reminders.

Pediatrician visit:

You will be asked to select a pediatrician for your newborn. This pediatrician must discharge the baby from the hospital.

All test results and health information on your newborn will be sent to your pediatrician.

If parents do not have a preferred pediatrician, the staff of the Family Birthing Center would be happy to provide a list of recommended physicians.

Tests and vaccinations:

Before leaving the hospital, the Family Birthing Center offers several screenings to ensure your baby's good health. These include:

  • Complimentary universal hearing tests for all newborns
  • The first hepatitis B vaccination, should the parents choose this service
  • Newborn blood screening (PKU blood test) to check for the possibility of any rare blood diseases

Birth Certificate:

Staff will assist new parents in obtaining Social Security cards, copies of birth certificates and affidavits of parentage. Parents receive forms and worksheets that are sent to the state; final process takes about four to six weeks.

Car seats:

An infant car seat is mandatory for bringing home your new baby. Newborns should always ride in a rear-facing car seat and it is recommended that children under age 2 should also remain in a rear-facing car seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

To install a car seat correctly, always follow the directions provided by the manufacturer of the seat. Parents are expected to come prepared with a properly installed car seat on the day of discharge from the hospital.

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