Going Home with Baby
Leaving Pella Regional
For your newborn’s safety, Iowa law requires all infants have a car safety seat when discharged. It is Iowa law that all infant car seats must be dated within the last 5 years. We have staff members who are specially trained in car seat safety. They will help make sure your baby is secure in the seat and in your vehicle upon dismissal.
Mother/Baby Home Visit
After you get home and settled, we realize questions and concerns naturally arise. Within 48-72 hours a nurse will come to your home to assess both you and your baby, free of charge. The nurse who visits you is specially trained to answer whatever questions you have.
She will weigh your baby and assess how well the baby is eating and adjusting to the new environment. She will also give you the support you need during this new and exciting time of parenthood.
Home visits are not mandatory, but the majority of both new and experienced moms take advantage of this one-on-one time in the comfort of their own home.
We have certified lactation consultants and lactation educators available for questions any time, day or night, even after you go home. Please call the department at 641-628-6613 to speak to someone about your questions or concerns.
Keeping Baby Healthy
Immunizations start at 2 months of age and will be given in a series at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 15 months of age. Obstetrics offers birth dose Hepatitis B. Well-child checks are scheduled for 1-2 weeks after birth, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months of age.
To help parents care for young children, the physicians at Pella Regional have developed a Pediatric Chart. The dosing guidelines for Tylenol and Motrin are included.