Newborn care and services in the hospital

Our experienced nursing staff will provide exactly the level of care new parents want and need, so you can choose to have your newborn in the room as much as you like, or your baby can stay with us in the hospital nursery so you can get much-needed rest. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is focused on providing family-centered care while supporting family bonding. After you deliver, we make every attempt to keep you and your newborn together as much as possible.

Newborn nursery services

  • Secured Nursery area with state of the art security
  • Board certified neonatologists providing 24 hour in-house care
  • Certified lactation consultants
  • Multidisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive care and discharge planning (speech therapist, physical therapist, lactation, case management, social services, pharmacy, etc.)
  • Highly skilled nursing staff to provide developmentally appropriate care
  • Option to purchase baby photos from mom365.com

Newborn screening

There are several tests and procedures routinely given to newborns:

Hearing tests

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a hearing test for all babies prior to discharge from the hospital. This is a routine and painless test performed to rule out the possibility that your baby could have a hearing impairment. Hearing loss affects three out of every 1000 newborns, and if not detected and treated early, hearing impairment can contribute to language delays, as well as academic, social and emotional delays. The results of your baby’s hearing screen will be given to you by the nurse caring for you and your baby while you are in the hospital.

Hepatitis B vaccination

Your baby’s doctor will talk with you about starting the Hepatitis B vaccination series for your baby. Many physicians recommend having the first dose given in the hospital, with the remaining doses to be given with your baby’s follow-up care in the doctor’s office to support early protection for your baby.

PKU blood test

In Virginia, the Newborn Screening Program provides important information about the health of newborns. Babies are screened for rare but potentially harmful disorders with a simple blood test. This test will be done prior to discharge from the hospital. Examples of illnesses that are screened for are hypothyroidism and cystic fibrosis.

Circumcision

Whether or not to have your infant son circumcised is a personal decision. Prior to your baby’s birth, you should talk with your doctor about this procedure if you are not sure what to do.