Monday, May 14, 2012

On Call with Dr. Lori Rosenberg

Dr. Rosenberg has all the answers to the questions you may have on what to expect when your newborn arrives and will provide you with prenatal advice as well, in her BABY PREP 101 seminar!
Are you having a baby?  Are you excited? Nervous?  Scared?  Have no idea what to expect?  Getting advice from your mother, mother-in-law, father, even father-in-law and from every friend who’s been pregnant?    Don’t know which book to buy, which friend to listen to and which side to sleep on (when you’re not waking up to use the bathroom every three hours)? 
To find the answers to all of your questions, come to BABY PREP 101.  Some of the questions that will be discussed are….

Q:  How do I choose a Pediatrician?
A:  Choosing the right pediatrician for your baby is very important.  You want to find a doctor that you can trust and feel comfortable with because for the first few years, the relationship will be between you and the doctor.  Most doctor practices will allow expectant parents to set up prenatal consults to find out more about the practice, hospital affiliations, on call hours, how appointments are scheduled and phone calls are handled, etc. 

Q:  What do I need to bring with me to the hospital for the baby?
A:  Not much initially.  All hospitals put your baby in diapers and t-shirts.  Some hospitals even provide pacifiers.  You can bring a pacifier from home if you desire.  Anything that you forget to bring, you will have at least a day or two to retrieve.  On the day of discharge, the baby will certainly need a fully assembled car seat and clothes to travel home (bring a few outfits, as one might get soiled prior to departure).

Q:  When does my baby get his or her first shot?
A:  Hepatitis B is offered in the hospital; however, it is not given without parental consent.  Some pediatricians choose to have the hospital administer it, others opt to self-administer at the first office visit.

Q:  How soon after birth will the pediatrician see my baby?
A:  Pediatricians come within twenty four hours to make rounds.  They typically arrive in the morning prior to office hours.  If there is a complicated delivery or emergency, there will always be a pediatrician at the scene (some hospitals have residents, some have house doctors and others will call in the private pediatrician).  Regardless whether the baby is seen at delivery or not, the pediatrician makes rounds daily as long as mom and the baby are in the hospital.
Q:  What can I do in my last trimester to prepare for my baby?

A:  Sleep as much as you can!  It might be difficult to do so with a newborn at home.  There are no books to buy or magic tricks to learn that can teach you as much as ‘on the job’ training will.
AND …come to my class:  Baby Prep 101, where you can find out the answers to all of your pre and postnatal questions.