You’ve made it! Congratulations! The birth and delivery are behind you and now you get to hold your baby for the first time and begin that all important time of getting to know your baby. You are also recovering from the birthing experience yourself. You and your baby will receive excellent care from our skilled physicians, providers, nursing team and other team members.
While the most exciting part of your stay will be getting to know your baby and welcoming him or her into your family, there will be other items that will need your consideration and attention before your discharge. We’ve listed some of what you can expect below:
Mom’s To Do List:
- Complete the Birth Certificate Worksheet
- Document your baby’s feeding (both for breast feeding and bottle feeding)
- Keep track of the number of wet and soiled diapers
- Watch educational videos
- Rest and recover!
Baby To Do List:
- Undergo a hearing screening
- Undergo an infant screening
Your nurse will explain what needs to be done while you are with us and will help you get ready for that anticipated day of discharge when you and your family get to take your baby home.
Breastfeeding provides the perfect amount of nutrients and anti-infective properties for your baby’s exact needs. Our team of International Board-Certified Lactation Specialists will help you learn the breastfeeding techniques you need to provide the best nutrition for your baby. In addition to optimal nutrition, breastfeeding also contributes to the emotional development of your baby. We look forward to supporting your breastfeeding goals. Along with help and support during your hospital stay, we have a breastfeeding support line that offers telephone counsel and referrals to community breastfeeding resources.
Car Seat Instructions
Parents must have an infant car seat before discharge and know how to install it. We are pleased to have a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician on our team. Call Jennifer Cipriano, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Trauma Continuum of Care Coordinator, at 863.284.1882 or email her at jennifer.cipriano@myLRH.org to set up a free one-on-one appointment.
Learn the most up-to-date information about car seat safety and inspections in the ultimate car seat guide at http://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/.