Getting to know your baby
Just as you must become accustomed to your new routine at home, so must your baby. After you’ve been home for a few days, you’ll begin to know your baby’s personality and how to keep him or her satisfied. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions after you get home. Use the phone number given to you by your nurse as you leave the hospital.
Keeping You and Your Baby Healthy
Once you’re at home, we suggest the following:
- Limit your visitors so that you and your baby have time to rest.
- Keep your baby away from crowds and people who are sick, since babies are especially vulnerable to colds and flu.
- Let people help you with housekeeping, meal preparations, sibling care, etc.
- Eat nourishing foods and drink a lot of fluids. Avoid climbing stairs for the first few days.
- Tell your doctor if you experience any signs of depression.
New Parent Support Groups and Education
We offer several support groups for new parents, including:
- Breastfeeding Support Group
Provides support, information and encouragement for an optimal breastfeeding experience. Call 786-596-2671 to schedule.
- Baby’s First Year for New Moms
Offers support for new moms of children from birth to age 1. The group provides the perfect setting to share experiences and concerns with other parents. Babies are welcome. Call 786-662-8106 to schedule.
Selecting a pediatrician
Know your health plan
Cesarean delivery interview
What to bring to the hospital
Several weeks before your due date, you’ll want to pack a small bag to take with you to the hospital. Please bring:
- Nightgowns and underwear (front-button gowns and nursing bras for breast-feeding)
- Robe and slippers
- Toiletry items and cosmetics
- Writing materials and important telephone numbers
- Social Security numbers for you and the baby’s father/parent
- Baby blankets
- Going-home outfits for you and your baby
Please leave valuable jewelry and large amounts of money at home. We cannot assume responsibility for these items.
When it’s time to be admitted
Your doctor will discuss with you when you should come to the hospital.
Once at the hospital, you’ll be greeted by staff who will monitor your labor progress. The father/parent or support partner may stay with you during your evaluation. The father/parent or support partner may stay with you during your evaluation.