New Parent Support
New parents have enough to worry about, which is why we try to make your baby’s health care easy. Centura Health classes, checkups and other supportive services can help clear some of the confusion around preparing and caring for your new baby.
We want you to feel empowered, well-prepared and confident as you get closer to the birth of your baby. Our classes are taught by certified instructors, and we limit the class size so we can give each participant personal attention. They can help you prepare for having the baby and what to expect afterward. Private and online classes may also be available for your convenience.
Breast Feeding Support
While breast-feeding is often a positive and rewarding experience for mothers, it may also be challenging or difficult — particularly at first. We offer breast-feeding classes by international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) who have advanced training in breast-feeding support and education. Classes are available before your delivery, during your stay and after you take your baby home.
Car Seat Safety Checks
Many Centura Health locations offer car seat checks to ensure your child’s car seats are installed correctly to give them the proper protection. Talk to your doctor about making an appointment for a car seat safety check so you can be ready when the big day comes.
It’s recommended that you make an appointment one to two months prior to your baby’s due date just in case you deliver your baby early. Ask how you can prepare for the appointment so you’ll have everything you need.
Education on Marijuana Use & Breast-Feeding
The research on the effects of marijuana while breast-feeding is limited, but evidence shows that traces of THC — the chemical in marijuana that causes you to feel high — can be found in urine of babies whose mothers use marijuana. The American Academy of Pediatrics says mothers who are breast-feeding should not use marijuana. Because THC is stored in the body’s fat, it can stay in your and your baby’s system for a long time. This means that “pumping and dumping” — a common practice when a mother consumes alcohol, then discards her breast milk for the next 12 to 24 hours — does not work with marijuana.
New Mom Support Groups
Support groups are available, with guest speakers presenting topics of relevance and interest to new parents. A board-certified lactation consultant may be on hand to address breast-feeding concerns.
These supportive, drop-in groups usually don’t require registration to attend. They can be great opportunities to meet and share with other new mothers in a nonjudgmental, friendly environment.
After your baby is delivered, your first appointment for baby will generally be a well-baby checkup. The first may even be within the first week of going home. These checks are an important part of keeping your baby healthy. They include recording your baby’s growth, performing a full head-to-toe physical exam, checking for infections, administering important immunizations and more.
Your doctor may also ask you questions about your baby’s behavior, feeding patterns, sleeping schedule and activity level. This helps your doctor get a better idea of your baby’s health and identify any potential concerns.