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At Good Samaritan Hospital’s Family Birth Center we strive to provide you with excellent care. Every family member is affected by the addition of a new member and our caring staff will assist and guide you through this transition. We encourage you to keep your baby with you during your hospital stay, to become familiar with his or her unique personality and gain valuable hands-on experience with newborn care. The nurse will be checking on you and your baby frequently during your hospital stay.  

What to pack for the hospital 
For your convenience, we’ve listed some items here that are beneficial during your hospital stay and for discharge day:

· 5-7 extra pairs of your own underwear and personal toiletries

· Outfit for baby’s picture

· Car seat that you have practiced properly installing in your car

· 3 extra receiving blankets

Families are welcome!
If your spouse or support person plans to stay with you, let us know if you need extra pillows or blankets. A visitor pass must be obtained after 9 p.m. from the nurse caring for your family. Cafeteria hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week. Vending machines are located on the ground floor by the gift shop.

Siblings play an important role in welcoming the newest family addition and are encouraged to visit when it is convenient for you. To keep your baby healthy, please make sure any visitors you have are free from signs of illness or infection. Most importantly, please encourage good hand washing for everyone that holds your baby.

Newborn Channel
The Newborn Channel is television programming related to baby care and postpartum topics available in your room, 24 hours a day. It is available in both English and Spanish.

About Circumcision 
At one time, almost all boys were circumcised, but now, circumcision is a procedure that parents may desire due to religious, social or cultural reasons. Since circumcision is not essential to a child’s health, parents should choose what is best for their child by looking at the benefits and risks of this procedure. To make an informed choice, parents of all male infants should be given accurate and unbiased information and be provided the opportunity to discuss this decision.

What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which the skin covering the end of the penis, the foreskin, is removed. This procedure takes about 10 minutes and is usually performed in the first or second day of life. Infants can be given a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) to decrease pain and stress, but they must be stable and healthy to safely be circumcised.

What are the risks?
Like any surgical procedure, circumcision does have some risks, but the incidence of complications associated with this procedure is very low. Bleeding and infection are the most common types of complications.

What to expect after the circumcision?
After the circumcision, the tip of the penis will appear raw. Petroleum jelly should be used to keep the diaper from sticking to the newly exposed area for the first several days. This will also help to promote healing and comfort your infant. Gently clean the skin with water every day and when the diaper area becomes soiled. Expect to see a little yellow discharge around the head of the penis, but this typically does not last more than a week. Normally, the penis will heal approximately 7 to 10 days after a circumcision.

Notify your infant’s doctor if you notice any signs of infection such as redness, swelling or foul-smelling drainage, or if there is persistent bleeding.

How do I care for my baby if I choose not to have him circumcised?
The uncircumcised penis is easy to keep clean by gently washing the genital area while bathing. No special cleansing is necessary. The foreskin does not fully retract for a few years and should never be forced.

When the foreskin fully retracts, boys can be taught how to retract the foreskin and clean the skin underneath.

Teach your son to wash his foreskin everyday while bathing by:
· Gently pulling it back away from the head of the penis

· Rinsing the head of the penis and inside fold of the foreskin with soap and warm water

· Pulling the foreskin back over the head of the penis

 

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