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After Your Baby is Born

At Parkland Medical Center, our care for you, your baby and your family continues after birth to make sure your parenting journey gets off to a great start.

Safe, Compassionate Care for Moms & Babies

Parkland’s Family Birthing Center provides a safe, inviting place for you to get to know and bond with your new family member. Whatever your needs or concerns, we’re here to assist you.

If you plan to breastfeed, our certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding support services can help make sure your experience goes smoothly.

Newborn screening takes place before your newborn leaves the hospital. Our screening tests your baby for a number of medical disorders, including congenital heart disease, hearing conditions and jaundice, many of which can be prevented or effectively managed through early detection. If a screening test suggests a problem, your baby’s doctor will follow up with further testing.

If your baby needs special care or observation or you experience health issues that prevent your baby from remaining in your room, your baby may stay in our newborn nursery. This unit has staff and technology dedicated to infants who need extra care, including phototherapy for jaundice, IV therapy, antibiotics, oxygen support and heart and respiratory monitoring. Should your baby require a more intensive level of care, we can arrange for transport to one of several nearby neonatal intensive care units in the area.

We also provide pediatric care for babies who are hospitalized following their initial discharge from the hospital.

At Parkland, we take every measure to ensure your baby’s security.

We invest in a security system that uses paired tags for baby and mother. The tags remain bonded throughout your hospital stay, and nurses are immediately alerted if a mismatch occurs.

In addition, all nursing staff assigned to labor and delivery, maternity or pediatrics wear scrubs and special hospital picture IDs.

To keep your baby safe when you leave our care, all infants must go home in an approved car seat, which is a requirement based on New Hampshire regulations. Get information on choosing the right car seat for your child.

Enjoy a personalized meal selection for you and your spouse, partner or significant other. As a new mom, you also receive our special going-home gift—a special bag, drinking bottle, baby T-shirt, pink or blue hat and socks.

You can also take advantage of free wireless internet throughout our hospital. Simply open your web browser and follow the instructions to log in.

A birth certificate is a legal document that verifies your child’s age, citizenship and parentage. After your baby’s born, hospital staff will provide you with a birth certificate worksheet. This electronic form is sent to the state Vital Records Office, after which you will receive a parent notice of birth. Birth certificates can be obtained through any town hall in New Hampshire.

The birth certificate worksheet also gives you the option to request a Social Security number—issued free by the federal Social Security Administration—for your baby. If you choose this option, a Social Security card will be mailed directly to your home in approximately eight weeks.

Understanding Postpartum Depression

It’s not unusual for a woman to experience an emotional letdown after delivery. Postpartum depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, confusion, anxiety and other signs of depression. While the causes of postpartum depression may vary, a change in hormone levels and sleep deprivation are primary causes. At Parkland Medical Center, each of our new mothers receives an initial screening for postpartum depression before going home and follow-up care is provided by their physician or midwife.

To minimize postpartum depression, be certain to set aside time to rest while your baby is sleeping. Ask your significant other or a friend to watch your baby so you can get out of the house. Talk to your family and friends about how you’re feeling and avoid spending too much time alone.

In some cases, medical attention may be required for postpartum depression. If you experience symptoms that last more than a few days or impair your ability to function, speak to your doctor. Learn more about postpartum depression at our online Health Library.