Caring for Your Newborn
While you are in the hospital, we encourage you to keep your baby with you in your room. This allows for bonding between you and your baby. During your stay, a nurse will be assigned to you and your baby for continuity of care.
High-risk and premature infants are cared for in our Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery. This nursery is a 36-bed, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with acute care and continuing care beds, as well as dedicated nursing stations and sophisticated technology.
After birth and before leaving the hospital, your baby will be tested for certain hereditary diseases. One specimen (a few drops of blood) will be taken from your baby's heel and sent to a state-approved lab for screening.
The first screening, required by Pennsylvania law, tests for four potential health problems: PKU (phenylketonuria), hypothyroidism, sickle cell disease, and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD).
A supplemental newborn screening program for over 30 additional inherited disorders is also performed. Most infants who may have one of these rare disorders can be identified, so families and doctors can be alerted to the need for special care that can often help prevent permanent effects.
The state-mandated universal hearing program screens for potential hearing impairment, enabling treatment to begin as early as possible
Bilirubin levels will be checked to determine if your baby is presenting symptoms of jaundice.
The hospital requires that mothers designate a pediatrician or family medicine physician to care for their newborn before delivery. If no physician has been listed one will be assigned to you. If you'd like more information about Abington Memorial Hospital's staff of pediatricians or family medicine physicians, call our Physician Referral Service at 215-481-MEDI or visit Find a Physician on the home page of this website.