Information For Expecting Parents
Choosing Park Pediatrics
If you would like us to be your pediatrician, please notify the registration desk at the hospital of birth at the time of arrival for delivery. One of our doctors can visit your newborn within 24 hours of birth at the following hospitals: Holy Cross Silver Spring, Holy Cross Germantown, Shady Grove Adventist, Washington Adventist. If a hospitalist sees your newborn, simply call our office so you can set up an appointment for 1-2 days after hospital discharge.
Please notify your insurance company that Park Pediatrics will be your child’s primary care provider. If your child will be on Medicaid, please follow these instructions: https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/get-answers/after-you-enroll-in-medicaid-mchp/
Park Pediatrics Site Visit
Come visit our office! We will give you a tour and answer any questions you may have about your soon to be born baby. We will also review how to take care of your baby once you leave the hospital, feedings, vaccine schedule, circumcision decision, and office hours (7:30 am – 7:30 pm M-F, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm SATURDAY & SUNDAY). You can meet our doctors and learn why Park Pediatrics is the best place to bring your baby for medical care. We follow best practices based on the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, recently ranked #3 out of 103 practices in MD for quality and access, and we have a caring and multi-lingual staff. Please call our office or just walk-in for your site visit!
As soon as your baby’s head is delivered, his or her nose will be suctioned. Once your baby’s body is fully delivered and appears healthy, he or she will be dried and warmed then laid at your breast. Healthy infants are encouraged to have skin-to-skin contact as long as possible, preferably until the first feeding is accomplished (Vitamin K, erythromycin, weighing and measuring the baby can be delayed for 1 hour to allow this important mother-child interaction). The baby’s foot-prints will be imprinted onto paper, matching identification bands will be placed on mother, baby, and significant other.
(Within the first two hours after delivery)
- Your baby will be weighed, measured, and bathed.
- Your baby will be given a Vitamin K shot to aid in blood clotting, and an antibiotic eye ointment to prevent eye infection.
- You will be encouraged to breastfeed your baby as soon as possible after delivery. (Babies are generally the most alert and ready to feed in the first 1 to 2 hours after birth). Your nurse will assist you with positioning and feeding.
- Be sure to wait for a nurse or nurse assistant to help you out of bed the first time or two. You will be encouraged to walk in your room as soon as your condition allows. Your nurse will let you know when your condition allows you to get out of bed without nurse assistance.
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