Our Maternity Program Preparing to Go Home

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Each mother on the Mother-Baby Unit will receive a Birth Certificate Work Booklet to be completed before discharge. Upon completion, the birth certificate will be given to the nurse so it can be sent to the city of White Plains. Both the birth certificate and the social security card will arrive in the mail at the address you provided roughly eight weeks later. If you are not legally married to the father of the baby, please let your nurse know. Paternity papers must be filled out if you would like the father’s name to appear on the birth certificate.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS CLASS

This class, provided while you are still in the Hospital, provides helpful instructions on bathing your newborn, umbilical cord care, diapering, swaddling, taking an infant’s temperature, circumcision care and other important parenting topics. The instructor will also teach you about the progression of your postpartum recovery over the next several weeks. The class is offered every evening after visiting hours in the family lounge across from the nurse’s station. All mothers and fathers are strongly encouraged to attend.


Discharge Procedure and Timing

To facilitate a smooth and timely discharge, White Plains Hospital will prepare a personalized discharge plan for you and your baby. Preparation for discharge begins on the day of your admission.

Mother-Baby Unit nurses and physicians work collaboratively to complete all discharge orders and planning in as timely a manner as possible, with the goal of completing discharge by 11:00 a.m. when possible.
 

Mother-Baby Discharge Nurse and the Discharge Process

During your stay on the mother-baby unit, you will be introduced to the mother-baby discharge nurse. She will help coordinate your care as you transition back to home with your newborn.

On the morning of discharge, your physician and pediatrician must approve both you and your baby for this process. After you have officially been discharged by your physician and the baby’s pediatrician, the discharge nurse will come to your room to review care instructions for both you and your baby with you and your family. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have throughout the discharge process, so that you can feel prepared to take care of both yourself and your baby at home.

Once you have finished reviewing instructions with your discharge nurse, you will be free to leave. At this time, your nurse will remove the HUGS safety tag and one infant ID band from your baby. Next, your nurse will check to ensure that your baby is properly strapped into the car seat and a White Plains Hospital Transport Assistant will be called to escort you via wheelchair to the front of the main lobby, where you can go home and embark on your new journey together.

Congratulations and thank you for choosing White Plains Hospital!