Monday, October 7, 2013

Ask Us Anything: What Vaccinations and Treatments Will My Newborn Receive?

"I am really looking forward to delivering at Sisters Hospital. I was curious, though, what are standard newborn procedures as far as vaccinations and treatments?"

Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Responds:

I am so happy that you have chosen Sisters Hospital for your birth experience. We look forward to caring for you and your baby.

When your baby is born, he or she will receive antibiotic eye ointment and a vitamin K injection, as required by New York State law, to prevent any possible infection transmission.

We encourage skin-to-skin bonding immediately in the birthing room along with initiation of breastfeeding, if that is your choice for feeding your baby. The baby can usually remain with you in the birthing room for at least the first hour of life, if not longer.

If your child is deemed at risk for any issues of low blood sugar, blood is obtained from a prick to the heel and the baby is monitored as needed, for up to 24 hours, in most cases.

Once in the nursery, the baby is placed on a radiant warmer and a hearing screen is done, along with the rest of an admission assessment and monitoring of temperature.

After you are in your room and all else is stable, the baby is brought to you in your room, where you may keep him or her with you as much as you like.

We will ask you for consent to administer a birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine, as required by law. It is best administered within twelve hours of birth.

This is just a summary of what you can expect but I am happy to answer any more specific questions you may have at any time.

– Mary D'Angelo, RN

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