IMMEDIATELY AFTER BIRTH
After your baby is born, your labor and delivery nurse will help facilitate skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby as soon as possible. Skin-to-skin contact is the perfect place to initiate breastfeeding your baby, and your labor nurse will be happy to assist you. However, regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, skin-to-skin helps to maintain your newborn’s temperature, heart rate and breathing.
In the delivery room, your baby will also be weighed, measured and foot printed. Two identification bands will placed on the baby. You and your main support person will receive identification bands that match the baby’s. Finally, per New York State Law, your baby will receive a Vitamin K shot to aid with blood clotting and an antibiotic eye ointment to prevent infection.
Soon after delivery, you and your baby will be transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit, where your baby will immediately receive a HUGS security tag on his or her ankle for newborn safety and security.
ROUTINE CARE OF THE NEWBORN
While your baby is in the hospital, a number of routine screenings will be performed by nursery staff and our pediatric hospitalists. These include:
- Baby’s First Bath- Delayed for 24 hours after baby’s birth in order to help maintain the baby’s temperature.
- Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening
- First Hearing Screening - Completed at your bedside
- New York State Newborn Screening Blood Test
- Baby’s first Hepatitis B vaccination – Only given with parental consent
Lactation and Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding not only offers health benefits for both you and your baby, it’s valuable mother-baby bonding time. Our maternity staff nurses are all certified lactation counselors (CLC), and are always able to help and assist you with breastfeeding. Next, our team of Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are happy to meet with you and provide additional hands on breastfeeding support after your baby’s birth to help you understand the fundamentals of breastfeeding and provide assistance.
Lactation support doesn’t end upon discharge. We offer a weekly breastfeeding support group for new moms, staffed by our IBCLCs. Class meets on Tuesdays at 1:30pm. Advanced registration is required for admission to this complimentary service. Please call 914-681-2214 to register.
Sign up for a breastfeeding class by calling the Hospital’s education class line at 914-681-1234.