The staff at Our Family Doctor understands the special anxiety and exhilaration that comes with a new baby, whether it’s your first child or your fourth. We’re here to provide responsive and compassionate care for both you and your newborn. And yes, that includes answering all the questions and concerns that new parents can think of. As a family practice, we’re focused on everybody’s health.
For some re-assuring information on how to make the most of your newborn’s arrival, check out the following article from the Mayo Clinic. Newborns – Mayo Clinic
Our newborn care actually begins long before your baby is born and continues long after.
Your Our Family Doctor team is here for you from the day you learn you are pregnant. Our nutrition counseling can help make sure you’re getting the critical vitamins and minerals that you and your baby need. We work in concert with your OB/GYN to make sure all your questions are answered.
Minutes after your baby is born, the attending doctor or nurse will perform a series of simple tests to ensure your baby is fully healthy. At this time your baby will also be offered immunization against hepatitis B, a vitamin K injection, eye drops, and newborn screening tests that often include a hearing test. This is all routine.
At Our Family Doctor, our newborn care begins with your baby’s first check-up, performed in the hospital soon after the delivery and initial evaluation. During our quick exam we check all the baby’s vital signs and answer any and all questions you may have.
Support for Non-Hospital Births
Where and how you bring your child into the world is completely a personal decision. At Our Family Doctor, we respect and appreciate the diverse birthing alternatives available in Western North Carolina. We work with traditional midwives, dulas, and birth coaches to make sure you have all the medical support you need to make this incredible experience, intimate, meaningful and safe.
Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding
The physicians and staff at Our Family Doctor fully support each new mother in making sure their child gets the nutrition they need, however that it delivered.
For some new mothers, that support involves our staff working with local lactation consultants or representatives from La Leche League to support the breastfeeding of the child. For others, it involves us working with new mothers to select a bottle formula that is right for the child and closely monitoring the infant’s progress.
Circumcision surgically removes the foreskin, exposing the tip of the penis and is a common cultural practice among people of Jewish or Muslim faith. Many non-Jewish and non-Muslim parents also choose to have their infant sons circumcised.
When not performed as part of a cultural practice, the circumcision procedure usually takes place in the hospital or in here in the Our Family Doctor offices. It typically involves a topical anesthetic and takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Because circumcision is not essential to your child’s health and is a purely personal decision made by the parents, we encourage you to choose what is best for your child. As with any medical procedure, we invite you to contact your Our Family Doctor physician to discuss any questions and concerns you may have.
Circumcision is usually performed in the first few days of life. An infant must be stable and healthy to safely be circumcised. While scientific studies show some medical benefits of circumcision, the benefits are not sufficient for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that all infant boys be circumcised.
More information on the pros and cons of circumcision are available at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
On-Going Well Care for your Growing Baby
After the initial exam in the hospital Our Family Doctor follows the appointment guidelines as prescribed by the American Pediatrics Associations to ensure your baby gets off to a healthy start. Based on this schedule, we perform a routine health evaluation at the following intervals.
After your baby’s second birthday, we recommend scheduling a routine pediatric exam at least once a year. Of course, should you have any questions or concerns in the interim, we’re here for you.