We recognize the importance of mother/infant bonding time directly after childbirth, so we delay routine nursing tasks to allow for one or two hours of skin-to-skin contact. When you're ready, your nurse will:
- Measure baby's weight and length
- Assist you with breastfeeding, if this is how you choose to feed your baby
- Give your baby his/her first bath
- Observe your baby for the first two hours of his/her life
If you have a Cesarean delivery, these tasks will be done in your patient room. We encourage a support person to do skin-to-skin contact with your new baby for at least one hour to help your newborn make a smooth transition into his/her new environment.
Soon after birth, your baby will have his/her first blood test. Pennsylvania law requires that all babies be tested for a variety of metabolic diseases including PKU, Hypothyroidism, Sickle Cell Disease, and Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD). A supplemental newborn screening will occur at the same time as the PKU blood test. This program is designed to extend the screening process to include additional potentially treatable or manageable disorders.
Your baby will also be examined by a physician within the first 24 hours of life. You should choose and become acquainted with a pediatrician or family physician during your pregnancy. If you are in need of a physician, call the WellSpan HealthSource at (717) 851-3500 or (800) 840-5905.