It can be a chaotic and exciting time when you’re at the hospital. When you give birth to your little one, whether it’s a C-section or a natural delivery, there will be a pediatric provider that will assess the infant under the warmer as soon as he/she is born. The baby’s heart rate, breathing, and weight will be measured. Your baby will get an antibiotic ointment applied to their eyes to protect them from possible infections. The baby will also get two injections: Vitamin K to reduce the risk of bleeding from the birthing process and the first hepatitis B vaccine. The baby will be seen once a day by a pediatrician in the hospital and be ready to go home the same time mom leaves the hospital.
On the day of discharge, the baby will be checked for a bilirubin level (what causes jaundice) and a mandatory blood test called the newborn screen will be performed. The baby’s hearing and oxygen level will also be tested. This is the general flow of care so long as the baby is healthy and doing well. The baby will usually have their first pediatric office visit 3-5 days after coming home.
Congratulations on the birth of your little one! Whether this is your first child or one of many, we are excited that you’ve chosen Blue Sky Pediatrics to be a part of your child’s care. As part of the baby’s first visit, we will need discharge papers provided by the hospital so we can review the hospital course for the infant. If there are any issues, it is our job to make sure that the baby gets the right treatment and follow up. This first visit will focus on weight, how the baby is feeding, and any questions or concerns you may have. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, Dr. Saya can also help coach you in the office or help you get connected with a lactation consultant. We know that you will have many questions about your newborn so don’t worry if you can’t remember them all. We have plenty of helpful resources on our resources page that will help guide you.