Birth Center

Phone Numbers

Maternity Services
(803) 791-BABY
(803) 791-2229
Obstetrics Pre-Admission – Financial Questions
(803) 791-2490
New Mother Questions
(803) 791-2220
New Baby Questions
(803) 791-2525
Special Care Nursery
(803) 791-2337
Newborn Nursery
(803) 791-2533
(803) 936-8100
(803) 791-2631

Baby's First Hour

Assessing Your Baby's Health


After you’ve spent a few private moments with your newborn, your baby’s nurse gives your infant a thorough health and wellness assessment. Rest assured — every interaction we have with your baby comes with the utmost care.

Baby's First Moments

  • Mucus is cleaned from your baby’s nose and mouth.
  • Your baby is swaddled in a soft, warm blanket or placed in a warming bassinet.
  • Your baby gets a cap with either a pink or blue ribbon — a gift you can take home.
  • Baby, mom and dad (or a primary support person) get matching ID bracelets.
  • Your baby has an additional security monitor placed on his or her ankle.
  • Your baby receives an injection of vitamin K to prevent bleeding.
  • Antibiotic ointment is placed in your baby’s eyes to prevent infection.
  • Baby footprints are recorded on a keepsake birth record.
  • Your baby’s temperature, heartbeat, breathing, color and muscle tone are evaluated in what’s called an Apgar score. We may do this evaluation twice. With all vitals stable and safe, we bathe, dress and diaper your baby.
  • Your baby’s blood sugar may be tested to ensure it’s not too low.
  • Your baby is weighed in either the delivery room or the nursery.
  • If your baby’s health is of concern, he or she may need to go to our Special Care Nursery for more advanced neonatal care. If this is the case, you will be involved and informed at every step.
  • Your baby has a universal newborn hearing screening to detect possible hearing loss.
  • With both mother and baby in good health, you’re welcome to spend as much time as you like bonding with your baby in your room!