Your new arrival will bring exciting changes to your family and maybe a few questions as well. Here are a few questions both first-time and more experienced parents may have about the hospital and the child-birthing experience.
Where can I get advice before my baby is born?
The Expectant Parents Organization (EPO) offers classes on basic birth preparation, breastfeeding, care of your newborn and other topics. You can attend individual or group classes to help you prepare for the birth of your new baby. You can schedule a tour of Sparrow's Obstetric Services and Mother Baby Center by calling signing up online here. If you have any questions, please call Volunteer Services at 517.364.3606, option 1.
What should I bring to the hospital?
- Newborn outfit
- Name of baby's doctor or clinic
- Don’t forget an infant car seat! Click here for videos and resources on car seat installation.
- Your Social Security card or driver license (for birth records identification)
- Comfortable clothes for mom to go home in
When will I go home?
Birthing experiences vary greatly and the time needed for appropriate medical evaluation will depend upon your particular experience. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect the following:
- Uncomplicated vaginal birth with a normal healthy full-term newborn go home 24-36 hours after delivery.
- Likewise, a normal Cesarean birth with a normal healthy full-term newborn go home 48-72 hours after delivery.
- Your physician(s) will evaluate you and your baby and advise you if a longer stay for additional medical evaluation or care is needed.
How soon after going home do I need to see my doctor?
Your physician will advise you when to schedule a follow-up appointment in the office. In most cases, this will include a six-week postpartum check-up and other visits if indicated.
How soon after going home does my baby need to see a doctor?
A well baby check-up should occur in the first few days of life. If the check-up falls on a weekend or holiday when your baby's physician is not available, you may be invited to bring your baby to a free well baby clinic held at the hospital. The Mother Baby Center staff will provide details in the event this service is needed.
You should call your baby's doctor at any time if you believe a problem has developed.
What if I need help with breastfeeding?
- All Nurses are specially trained to assist you in breastfeeding your baby.
- A lactation consultant is available to assist moms that are having noted difficulty breastfeeding while in the hospital.
- If extra help is needed after hospital discharge, Sparrow has an outpatient Breast Feeding Clinic that can assist you.
Additional resources regarding breastfeeding
Breast-feeding tips: What new moms need to know — Breast-feeding is a learned art. Get started with practical breast-feeding tips.
Breast-feeding: How to gauge success — Breast-feeding isn't an exact science. Here's how to tell if you're on the right track.