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After you deliver your little one, you and your newly expanded family will spend the rest of your stay in your private postpartum room.

Your stay at Sacred Heart Women’s Hospital is the perfect time to begin bonding with your new baby. We encourage you to spend as much time with your baby as possible, and your baby may room in with you whenever you would like.

However, we also understand that labor and delivery can be tiring, and new mothers need their rest. For your comfort, please let your personal nurse know at any time if you need to rest or attend to your personal needs, and our newborn nursery care team will be more than happy to look after your little one.

If you are sedated during delivery, we recommend that your baby remain in the nursery the first night, unless you have someone to assist you in the care of your newborn. If you are breastfeeding, your baby will be brought to you for feedings.

During this time, your personal childbirth nurse will help you to learn basic infant care techniques to help ease your transition home. If you have any questions or concerns on infant care, our childbirth team is happy to help you.

Birth Certificates

For your convenience, a representative from our Medical Records Department will visit your room to help you apply for your baby’s birth certificate within 24 hours of your baby’s birth. You will also be provided with a form to mail directly to the state office to obtain your baby’s birth certificate.

Infant Screenings & Immunizations

During your baby’s stay at Sacred Heart, your little one will have the opportunity to receive several screenings and immunizations to help ensure that he or she has a healthy start in life.

Below you will find a brief description of the services that we offer at Sacred Heart. Though strongly recommended, you may choose to decline some of these services if you wish. In accordance with Florida state law, all newborns must receive a metabolic screening test and an infant hearing screening.

For your peace of mind, your personal nurse will always ask for your consent before any screenings or immunizations are given to your baby.

Healthy Start Screenings

The Healthy Start Infant (Postnatal) Risk Screening will help your childbirth team find out whether there is anything about your pregnancy and delivery or your baby’s health at birth that could affect your baby’s first year of life.

Florida Infant Screening Program

In accordance with Florida Law, all newborn infants must have a metabolic screening test for hypothyroidism, galactosemia, and PKU. If left untreated, these conditions can cause severe mental retardation. To assure the accuracy of these tests, a blood sample (heel stick) will be taken after your baby has had six feedings. If your baby is discharged prior to these six feedings or in less than 24 hours, you will need to return to Sacred Heart or to your local health department to complete this test.

Infant Hearing Screenings

In accordance with Florida Law, all newborns are required to receive an infant hearing screening. This is a simple, painless test to determine if your baby has any hearing problems. Our childbirth team will test your baby’s hearing before discharge.

Hepatitis B Vaccine & Other Immunizations

During your stay at Sacred Heart, you will be given the choice to have your new baby vaccinated with the Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV). Our physicians and childbirth team highly recommend this routine vaccination and are available for any questions or concerns that you might have.

If you would like your baby to receive the vaccine, you will be asked to sign a consent form, and then your baby will receive his or her first injection prior to going home.

For your convenience, you will receive a personalized shot record card for your little one to help you keep up with future immunizations.

Sacred Heart also participates in the Florida Shots program. When your baby receives an immunization, it will automatically be entered into a secure website that records all of your baby's immunizations. Your pediatrician can access it at any time, and you won't have to worry if your baby is missing a much needed vaccine.

At your baby's follow-up appointment with his or her pediatrician, you will receive more information about future immunizations.

Newborn Pictures

Aprofessional photographer will visit your room to see if you would like a picture to be taken of your baby. Our photographer will also provide you with an opportunity to order photos of your newborn as well as to place your baby’s photo on a secured Web site share with your friends and family members.

For more information on newborn pictures, please visit our online newborn nursery.

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