Our goal is to keep your baby with you and in your arms as much as humanly possible.  The importance of not interfering with Maternal, Paternal and infant bonding is a high priority.  At The Birth Nest, we encourage a minimum of 1 hour of skin-to-skin and nursing immediately after birth and frequently this will extend beyond the first hour.  After the baby is born, the baby is then placed on your chest and the assessment of both Mother and Baby can be done quietly and easily without disturbing this incredibly important time.  In the event he/she needs more care, we can typically do that next to you so that you are able to see your child at all times.  

Newborn Care

Initial Newborn Care Provided:

 

  • Monitor the baby’s vital signs

  • Assess and assign APGAR score

  • Complete newborn exam

  • Weight and measurements

  • Assist with Breastfeeding

  • Consult with Pediatrician if needed

  • Administration of Vitamin K if desired

  • Administration of Erythromycin Opthalmic ointment if desired

  • The newborn exam, weighing and measuring are all done on the bed next to you.  This will be after the baby has finished his/her first nursing session and you are ready for this exam to be performed.

Initial Postpartum Care

Initial Postpartum Care Provided:

 

  • Vital Signs

  • Monitoring Uterine Tone

  • Monitoring Uterine Bleeding

  • Ensuring Hydration and Nutrition

  • Assisting with Hygeine

  • Assessment of Vaginal Laceration

  • Repair of Vaginal Laceration with local anesthetic

 

The Postpartum period is for enjoying your new babe as well as healing and relaxing. Every effort is made to help you feel relaxed and safe. We will make sure that you are fed, get a warm shower and tucked back into bed with your baby. You are provided with postpartum sanitary supplies to use at the birth center and may take home with you.

Friends and family are welcome to visit you and your new baby at the Birth Center.

Continuing Postpartum Care

In the days following, we will be checking on both you and your baby with home visits. We will answer all your questions and make sure that you both are healthy and transitioning well.

 

Postpartum and newborn visits consist of:

  • Monitoring both mother and baby’s vital signs

  • Assessing weight of the baby.

  • Assisting with and assessing breastfeeding.

  • Newborn CCHD (spO2) screening if desired.

  • Newborn Hearing screening if desired.

  • Newborn metabolic screening if desired.

  • Continuing assessment to ensure a normal postpartum recovery.

  • Consultation with a pediatrician or physician if needed.

 

Postpartum visits are conducted as follows:

  • Home visits at 1-day and 3-days

  • Office visits at 1-week and 6-weeks

  • If more visits are desired or needed, they can be provided

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