Taking Baby Home
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We know you may have questions once you get home with your new baby. That’s why our nursing staff is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and address your concerns.
- Your doctor will then write your discharge order and your nurses will complete the paperwork and discharge instructions for you and your baby.
- Birth certificate worksheet must be completed.
- Rubella vaccine if needed for mom.
- A Rhogam treatment if your blood type is negative and your baby’s blood type is positive.
- You may need to have staples removed from your incision if you have had a Caesarean section.
Getting Ready to Go Home
We begin preparing families to return home as soon as you arrive! We know it is important to you to get back to familiar surroundings. Your doctor or midwife will see you before discharging you, and your baby’s pediatrician will need to see and discharge your baby.
You, your doctor or midwife and your baby’s pediatrician decide when it’s time to go home. To better prepare you for the process of discharge, which can be lengthy, we have provided you with a checklist (see sidebar) of things that must be completed before you leave the hospital. The Mother/Baby staff will assist you in completing the items on the checklist as quickly as possible.
Leaving the Hospital
To ensure safety, it is our policy that mom and baby, accompanied by a staff member, use a wheelchair to go to the pick-up area in the South Lobby area of the hospital. Carts are available for you to use to transport items to your car.
Remember to have your new car seat properly installed so you can take your “Special Delivery” home safe and sound!
Additional Support Services
To help you adjust to living with your new family member once you arrive home, we provide a free educational video as part of your discharge packet.
Often a patient requires additional health care services. Our nursing staff will work with you to arrange any special services you may need through either our medical resources or those available through community and other health care organizations.