Newborn pediatric medical care

Your newborn deserves the best care

Your newborn deserves the best care

Congratulations! Bringing your newborn into the world is the most exciting thing you’ll ever experience. At COPA, most on our team are parents and we know how it feels.

COUNT ON COPA TO SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY

If you give birth at St Charles in Bend, Central Oregon, a COPA pediatrician will see you in the hospital and give your new baby a physical exam before you go home. Your COPA Newborn Patient Advocate will also visit you in the hospital, and schedule your first appointments.

At St Charles birth center, they have a level iii, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), staffed with board-certified, professionally trained doctors and highly qualified neonatal nurse practitioners with support people to keep a close eye on preemies and sick babies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We take care of newborns that were born at or before 38 weeks of pregnancy to protect the health and safety of your newborn to ensure they are fully supported and cared for.

If you have any questions about newborn care once you get home, COPA’s 24/7 Pediatric Nurse Advice will take your call, listen to your concerns and tell you what to do. Feel free to give them a call anytime, day or night.

YOUR BABY’S FIRST APPOINTMENT

Your infant’s first well-check appointment will be within 2 – 5 days after birth, and again after 14 days. Be sure to ask all the questions you have and discuss some of the things you should expect from your new baby’s appearance and health with your health care practitioner. Things such as your new born’s umbilical cord stump after the umbilical cord is cut, which will remain for the first 10-14 days and might not fall off until the third week, and/or how your baby’s legs may be bowed or feet turned up, which is also normal and will straighten out within 6 to 12 months. Discussing these expectations may help you relax, particularly for new parents after the birth of your first child. 

You’ll have several appointments during the first six months where your baby’s doctor will perform a baby exam to track your newborn’s physical and behavioral milestones and help support you. During these visits, there are numerous screenings (listed below) and tests performed to help keep your healthy baby safe.

BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY 

Breastfeeding provides excellent nutrition for your newborn baby’s growth, but it’s not always easy. When you need help, COPA has a Certified Lactation Consultant to support you. Call the main COPA phone number to schedule an appointment. Or you can also call our 24/7 Pediatric Nurse Advice Line. They’ll help you in the moment.

For more information: American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Resources.

THINGS TO CONSIDER MOVING FORWARD

From birth to age 18, our pediatricians provide comprehensive care for children. This includes vaccinations, physical exams, medical care and regular visits with the child’s doctor, as well as treatment for special health issues.

Family medicine specialists place a strong emphasis on disease prevention and wellbeing. These specialists care for people of all ages so you may choose to have the same doctor for your whole family.

For more information: American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Resources.

NEWBORN RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

WELL BABY VISIT SCHEDULE
FIRST IMMUNIZATIONS
CIRCUMCISION PROCEDURES
PREPARE FOR BABY’S ARRIVAL HOME
DELIVERY AND BEYOND
OREGON STATE WEBSITE FOR NEWBORN SCREENINGS
BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION

American Academy of Pediatrics – ALL ABOUT BABY
SUPPORT FOR MOM

YOUR BABY’S DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES

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