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 can be safely performed via telemedicine app. Our office manager, Marylou, can give you a tour almost anytime!

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.

Immunizations

We recommend that pregnant moms get the Tdap (Pertussis) against whooping cough and the Covid-19 vaccine in the third trimester.  All parents, caregivers and regular visitors should get vaccinated against pertussis and Covid-19. 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. vaccine regrigerator Vaccine refrigeration

PHA Vaccine Schedule

Why you should follow the vaccine schedule

The Vaccine Imperative

Read about newborn care here.

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