New to the world
Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your lives, and we are happy to share it with you. We would love to meet with you before your baby is born. Prenatal consults with our providers are done Monday thru Friday at 7PM and Saturdays at 11:30 AM. Our office manager, Marylou, can give you a tour almost anytime! Phone consults can be arranged if getting to our office is difficult for you.
Our doctors see newborns at:
- Long Island Jewish Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center
- North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
Sign up for our monthly Breastfeeding Class for new & expectant moms. $50 value. Free.
We will see your baby within 24 hours of birth. The hospital will usually call us, but just in case, once the baby is born and you have called all the really important people in your lives, call us too. If it is the middle of the night, just leave a message. A doctor always checks the messages in the morning.
Many of our families deliver at Winthrop or in the city. If your delivery will be at another hospital, just ask your obstetrician to recommend a pediatrician to check out the baby in the hospital. Most newborn hospital stays are uneventful, but if necessary, we will talk to the doctors who have taken care of your baby in the hospital. Call us when you are going home and we will arrange to see your baby with 2-3 days, or sooner if medically indicated.
All babies lose weight in the hospital so don’t worry. Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding, we will help you keep a close eye on your little one. Make an appointment for 2-3 days after you leave the hospital. If you are breastfeeding, your second visit will include time with the lactation consultant. By two weeks of age, most babies have regained birth weight. We see the baby again at one month of age, and monthly until 6 months. After that it is every 2 months until one year of age.
We recommend that pregnant moms get the Tdap (Pertussis) vaccine against whooping cough in the third trimester. If that did not happen, ask the hospital nurse about getting Tdap shot for mom before leaving the hospital. All parents, caregivers and regular visitors should get vaccinated against pertussis so the baby is not exposed to whooping cough. The baby will start pertussis immunization at 2 months but is still susceptible until the primary series is completed with shots at 4mo and 6mo.
All family members should also get flu vaccines. Babies can’t get flu shots until 6 months of age yet are very vulnerable to serious flu complications.
It is recommended that newborns get the Hep B vaccine in the hospital. If that does not happen, we will give your baby that vaccine at the first visit.
PHA doctors feel strongly that vaccines are a very important part of preventive medicine in chidren. We follow the immunization guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We recommend that all vaccines are given when they are due. We allow small amounts of leeway for special situations which you should feel free to discuss with us. If however, you do not plan on vaccinating your child, our philosophy and yours are so different that we recommend you find a practice that is more compatible with your beliefs.
PHA has invested in state-of-the-art vaccine pharmaceutical grade refrigerators and freezers.