Erythromycin Eye Ointment
This is given to newborn babies around the first hour of life. This eye ointment is in compliance with Pennsylvania State Law for prevention of certain eye infections. If you decline this service, you will be asked to sign a release.
Vitamin K Injection
This is especially important to your new baby because Vitamin K is necessary to allow the baby’s blood to clot normally. This injection is in compliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics standard of care. The injection is given around the first hour of life. Should you choose to decline this service you will be asked to sign a release.
Triple dye antibiotic is applied to the umbilical cord stump on the Mother Baby unit. This purple dye assists with the prevention of infection and the beginning of drying out the cord. Should you choose to decline this service, you will be asked to sign a release.
If your newborn is a boy, you will be asked if you wish to have the baby circumcised. Because this procedure is a matter of choice, please consult with your baby’s healthcare provider. You will be asked to sign a consent for this procedure.
Shots can protect your child from childhood diseases. The Hepatitis B vaccine can be administered in the hospital shortly after birth. Please consult with your baby’s healthcare provider. You will be asked to sign a consent for this immunization to be given. Caregivers are encouraged to receive a flu shot and Tdap for the protection of your newborn.
Newborn Screening Test
Pennsylvania State Law also requires that every newborn be tested shortly after birth for metabolic illness, and that follow up be provided if needed. This blood test is usually done before you and your baby are discharged.
Critical Congenital Newborn Screening
This is a simple, non-invasive test for your baby to screen for congenital heart disease. This is done at least 24 hours after delivery and prior to discharge. Results are reported to your baby’s healthcare provider.
Newborn Hearing Screen
The Newborn Hearing Screen is a Pennsylvania State-Mandated procedure. Hearing loss can lead to difficulties in speech and language development. Therefore, it is important to detect hearing loss early. The test is easy, painless and reliable.
Newborn Education and Safety
Shaken Baby Syndrome, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & the Safe to Sleep campaign
During your hospital stay, mothers will receive education about preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, SIDS and the Safe to Sleep campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign.