We understand that, as a parent, choosing a Pediatrician is a very important decision to you. Prenatal “meet and greets” are an excellent opportunity to meet the doctor who will care for your child. Please contact us if you would like to set up a courtesy “meet and greet” appointment with one of our Pediatricians. We look forward to meeting you!
Bringing home and caring for a newborn can be both an exciting and overwhelming time for many parents. We know that new parents may have many questions. We have included some information here to help get you started, but please know that we are here to guide you on this journey!
It is recommended that newborns be seen within 1-2 days of discharge from the hospital. You will likely schedule this visit while you are in the hospital. The Pediatrician who is examining your baby during your hospital stay will also advise you about when and how to make this first “newborn” appointment.
You will spend a lot of time feeding your baby, especially at the beginning. Most parents start to think about their feeding choices long before the baby is born. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports that breastfeeding is best for infant’s health and nutrition. There are many benefits for both mother and baby. For the baby, there is a decreased risk of infections and obesity. For mother, breastfeeding has been associated with faster recovery from childbirth, a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, and may reduce one’s risk for type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In addition, human milk is less expensive than formula (it’s free!), and of course breastfeeding provides a unique bonding experience between mother and baby.
We do understand that there may be times when breastfeeding is not possible or not desired, and we support ALL parents and their choice of feeding method!
Many women feel tearful, sad and tired in the days following birth – this is normal. These temporary “baby blues” are thought to be due to rapid changes in maternal hormone levels. Women may feel guilty or confused about these feelings, as they have been led to believe that this should be a time of pure joy. But, rest assured, these feelings are very common and should subside within 1 to 3 weeks.
If your feelings of sadness, tearfulness, worry or despair persist for more than 3 weeks, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. In fact, postpartum depression occurs in about 1 in 7 women and may occur anytime in the baby’s first year of life. If your feelings are unusually intense, do not subside, or are interfering with your daily tasks (being able to take care of yourself or your baby), make sure to reach out to a health care provider, friend or family member.