When your baby is born, we place her where she belongs - on your tummy, where she makes her gentle transition into the world, begins to breastfeed and integrates into your family. There is no rush to cut the umbilical cord and we never separate the two of you.
You will be given as much privacy as you feel you need to touch, cuddle, admire, and inspect your newborn. All necessary care, exams, and tests are done while your little one is in your arms or beside you in the bed. You decide what procedures such as eye ointment and Vitamin K are best for your baby. We will assist you with breastfeeding and give important postpartum instructions.
Before going home, your baby will have a comprehensive newborn exam including weight and measurements, vitals, reflexes, neurological, pulse oximetry screening and general evaluation and then footprinting on a keepsake birth certificate the family takes home. Newborn bath is optional but we make it as gentle and loving as possible! We also take pictures for the family if desired.
Follow-up Newborn Care
As Licensed Midwives, we can continue caring for your baby for the first six weeks. During this time we will see the baby several times to monitor weight gain, check for jaundice, a good breastfeeding latch and proper growth and development. We also provide the necessary
paperwork and walk you through the process to obtain your baby's birth certificate and social security number.
At the first newborn visit all babies are again screened for Critical Congenital Heart Defects, even if they look healthy. We use a non-invasive Pulse oximetry that measures how much oxygen is in the blood and can help to identify babies that may be affected with CCHD before they leave the birth center and at this first follow-up newborn visit.
California Newborn Screening Test
At your first newborn care visit we will obtain the CA newborn screening test which means no trips to the laboratory, ER or doctors office to have the test done. At the first postpartum visit, we will explain the procedure to the parents and baby, swaddle the baby and gently perform the heelstick.
Six Week Visit
The final six-week check-up is a chance to discuss breastfeeding and any issues such as returning to work or family planning and fertility awareness as well as share photos of the birth and give us time to cuddle your baby.