SERVICES > PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH > POSTPARTUM CARE
After your delivery, your baby will be assessed by the nurse, who will check his or her heart rate, breathing and temperature.
Footprints will be taken for the baby’s official record and also for your baby book, if you wish. After weighing the baby, we’ll give you some time to take pictures.
Your newborn will then receive eye ointment to reduce the risk of potential eye infections, as well as a vitamin K shot in the thigh to assist with blood clotting.
As part of the process, the nurse will place ID bands on each leg that match a band on your wrist. You may choose one other person to have a matching band. This band allows that person to bring the baby back and forth to the nursery and to be alone with the baby in your room.
It’s important to know that if your baby has any trouble breathing or other complications, we could have to take the child to the nursery for further assessment.
During your baby’s transition period – usually about 1.5 hours following the birth – a nurse assigned to care for your infant will be at your bedside.
A certified lactation consultant will
help with breastfeeding, if that’s what you prefer, and given time to bond with your baby.
After that first feeding, the infant will be placed under a radiant warmer, where his or her temperature will be monitored, vital signs (temperature, pulse and breathing) will be read and a more thorough head-to-toe assessment of the baby will be done.
If your baby continues to stay warm, he or she will be bathed. After the bath, he or she will be given time to warm up, and if your preference is to bottle feed, you will do so at this time.
As an extra measure – and for your greater peace of mind – we’ll place a security band around your baby’s ankle. This will help further ensure you and your baby stay safe while you’re in the birthing unit.
After the transition period, you will be assisted to a new room for your postpartum care – also called couplet care. The term couplet refers to you and your baby.
You’ll no longer need the carts, monitoring equipment and extra space that are necessary in the labor and delivery rooms. And the postpartum care room provides a more intimate setting to help you recover and you and your baby bond.
Each postpartum room has comfortable furnishings and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower.
While here, our nursing staff will assist you in becoming a primary caretaker for your infant. You will have a nurse assigned each shift to care for both of you and help with any needs that might arise, such as learning to breastfeed.
At this stage, we no longer take infants to the nursery to sleep through the night or day unless there is a medical condition that requires it. We might still take your child to the nursery when the pediatrician does an assessment, to weigh the baby or for routine
procedures such as circumcision or lab work.
You’ll be given a worksheet to fill out for your baby’s birth certificate. The birth record clerk will contact you during your hospital stay or by phone after you go home to complete the process.
The nursing staff will also go over important information for you and your baby before you’re discharged.
Please read over any handouts you are given and – most importantly – don’t hesitate to ask questions. Our nurses are here to help you get off to the best possible start with your precious little one.
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