At NYU Langone, our specialists provide postdelivery care for you and your baby. This includes a physical exam of both the mother and baby.
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Your newborn’s blood is tested for conditions including cystic fibrosis, congenital hypothyroidism, HIV, and toxoplasmosis. The blood is retrieved from a heel prick on the baby’s foot. Your baby may also receive a hepatitis B vaccination.
Your baby’s first doctor visit occurs one week after you leave the hospital. Your first postpartum checkup occurs six weeks after delivery.
Our childbirth educators for new and expecting parents offer a variety of classes focused on Lamaze breathing techniques, labor pain relief education, cesarean birth information, baby care, pediatric first aid and CPR instruction, and proper car seat installation. They also offer support groups for expecting parents and parents of newborns.
NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island have all achieved Baby-Friendly Hospital certification in recognition of our support for breastfeeding moms and their infants. Lactation consultants and counselors offer breastfeeding classes and support groups, as well as lactation assistance after delivery, including breastfeeding instruction and help with latching on.
Advanced care for babies born before 37 weeks into pregnancy is available in our Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.
Experts at NYU Langone’s Reproductive Psychiatry Program can evaluate symptoms and offer ongoing support to women experiencing severe mood changes during and after pregnancy. Services include counseling, diagnosis, and medical treatment for any pregnancy-related or postpartum psychiatric conditions.
An NYU Langone social worker can help you navigate services designed for families, including individual and family counseling, support groups, parenting education, financial assistance, and transportation to and from the hospital.
Visitors are welcome, but in some instances they may be restricted. Visitation at the NICU, where premature and ill newborns are cared for, is typically limited to the baby’s parents.
For safety reasons, balloons are not permitted in the hospital.
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