When it’s time to bring your baby home from Emerson Hospital, rest assured that we’ll ensure you’re both healthy and ready to begin this next stage of your life as a family.
Here’s what to expect, and some tips for a smooth discharge:
- Before leaving, you’ll be seen by your obstetrician and a pediatrician will evaluate your baby.
- A maternity nurse will provide discharge papers that include postpartum care information and a review of your care while you were here.
- You’ll need to have clothes at the hospital for your baby to wear home; it may be useful to have several receiving blankets and clothing options in case the weather changes.
- Be sure to also have comfortable clothes that you can wear for the trip home!
- Send as much home the day before you leave the hospital as you can — chances are your room is full of flowers, balloons, cards and gifts.
- Remember: you MUST have an infant car seat to take your baby home.
Your baby’s birth certificate is an important legal document. Emerson hospital is required to complete and send the birth record to the Concord town clerk’s office within 10 days of birth. The birth record is completed by the birth registrar, who obtains the information from a state-issued parent worksheet and verifies the identification of the parents through valid government issued ID (driver’s license, state ID or passport). Please gather this information and bring it with you to the hospital. To help us ensure the completion of your baby’s birth certificate on time, please complete the birth record before mother and baby are discharged home.
A word about infant car seats
By law, you must have an infant car seat to take your baby home. A police or fire department safety officer can install the car seat or check to ensure it’s installed correctly. Please check with your local police or fire department if you have any questions.
Infant and childcare classes
You’re not alone! Through the Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body
, we offer a number of classes to help parents care for infants. Topics include infant care and CPR, breastfeeding, sibling prep, mom and baby yoga, and a course for soon-to-be grandparents.