Before you and your baby go home

Couple with sleeping newborn baby

Newborn tests and procedures

Even brand-new babies have to-do lists. Your newborn will be given a test to check for certain types of genetic diseases. It’s important to identify these conditions early so we can take steps to help minimize serious health problems. Each state has its own newborn testing requirements, so we’ll talk about what to expect during one of your prenatal care visits.

Routine screenings

BilirubinToo much bilirubin causes jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. This test tells us if your baby’s levels are within a safe range.

HearingThis test takes just a few minutes, and it’s done while your baby is sleeping. Hearing loss can affect language development, so this screening is very important.

Pulse oxygen. This test only takes a minute to identify a serious heart defect in an otherwise healthy infant. A small sensor measures the level of oxygen in your baby’s blood.

Circumcision for boys

Circumcision is a minor procedure that removes the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. It’s a personal decision that can be based on religious, cultural, or health reasons.

We’ll ask you if you want your son to be circumcised while you’re in the hospital. If you do, your baby’s doctor will use a local anesthetic to make sure he’s pain-free, and your little guy will be back in your arms in no time.

Learn more about circumcision and how to care for your baby boy at home after the procedure.

Newborn paperwork

You have a to-do list of your own — but we’ll guide you through it. Before you leave the hospital, we’ll help you:

  • Complete paperwork to request a birth certificate and Social Security number for your baby.
  • Register your baby’s name. If you don’t have a name for your baby yet, you’ll have to complete a special form later on at the department of vital records in your county.
  • Review and sign consent forms for important newborn vaccinations and other common newborn tests and treatments.

Follow-up appointments

When it’s time to leave the hospital, we’ll go over important information about taking care of your newborn and make appointments for you and your baby. We’ll schedule a doctor visit for your baby within the first few days and a postpartum visit for you in 4 to 6 weeks. We’ll also talk about moving forward with breastfeeding support with one of our lactation consultants.

Welcoming our newest kaiser permanente member

We’ll give your little one a Kaiser Permanente member ID number at the hospital. To keep his or her health coverage, enroll your baby within 30 days of birth. Call Member Services for more details. We look forward to helping your baby stay healthy for many years to come!