Frequently Asked Questions

Post Partum and Baby Information

Frequently Asked Questions about our maternity services

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Maternity Services

WILL THERE BE SOMEONE TO HELP ME WITH BREASTFEEDING MY BABY?
Yes. All of our nurses are trained to provide you with lactation assistance and support. In addition, group breastfeeding classes are offered during your hospital stay.


CAN MY BABY REMAIN IN MY ROOM?
Yes. Baby safety aspects of Rooming In will be explained upon admission to post partum.

WHAT IS ROUTINELY DONE IN THE NURSERY?
For vaginal births, the baby’s weight and length are recorded after delivery in the birthing room. A Vitamin K injection is given for blood clotting. An antibiotic ointment is administered in the baby’s eyes to prevent infection. These procedures on cesarean birth babies are done in the nursery. Tests recommended by the State of NJ are obtained at the appropriate time during your stay. Your pediatrician may also order additional blood tests. A hearing screening and bilirubin screening will be done at some time during the baby’s hospital stay.

WHEN WILL THE PEDIATRICIAN SEE MY BABY?
The nursery staff will contact your pediatrician when the baby is admitted to the nursery. If your baby needs immediate medical care, the anesthesiologist or a hospital neonatologist will provide immediate attention. In most cases, your baby’s physician will examine your baby thoroughly within 24 hours or sooner. If your pediatrician is not on staff at SBMC, a pediatrician will be assigned to your baby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Maternity Services

DOES THE HOSPITAL TAKE NEWBORN PICTURES?
Yes. Information on newborn pictures along with consent and order forms will be provided in your post partum room.

WHERE DO I GET INFORMATION REGARDING MY BABY’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
A birth certificate department representative will obtain information after the delivery about the birth when you are in the post partum unit. Birth certificates are issued by the State of New Jersey and usually take two to four weeks and will be mailed to your home. Birth certificates will only be mailed if the birth certificate is requested in writing from the Township of Livingston with the accompanying fee. The information and request form is included in your admission packet. A duplicate copy can be obtained from the birth certificate department representative. In addition, The Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Advocates sell souvenir birth certificates. Legal birth certificates are required by the State of New Jersey and usually take two to four weeks and will be mailed to your home. Birth certificates will only be mailed if the birth certificate is requested in writing from the Township of Livingston with the accompanying fee. The information and request form is included in your admission packet. A duplicate copy can be obtained from the birth certificate department representative. In addition, The Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Advocates sell souvenir birth certificates. Legal birth certificates are required by the State of New Jersey - every birth must be registered.

There is a section on the birth certificate form to request a social security number for your baby. It can take from six weeks to eight weeks to receive the number from the Social Security office. The social security number will be mailed to your home.

ARE ANY ADDITIONAL MATERNAL SCREENINGS DONE DURING MY HOSPITAL STAY?
New Jersey State Law requires that all moms be screened for Post Partum Depression during their post partum stay.

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