Please call one of our offices, 703-361-7131 or 703-753-6184, to schedule a complementary prenatal visit. We would like the opportunity to answer all of your questions and give you a tour of our office. We also have important written information to give you that will answer many common questions such as what to expect from your hospital stay, when we will do your baby's initial exam, answer questions regarding circumcisions, scheduling of appointments, emergency and routine calls, format of the visits for well check ups and sick visits in the future and immunizations.
You and your baby will be seen by a in-house pediatricians at the hospital. There are many standard tests done at the hospital and routine procedures. These include a Vitamin K injection at birth and erythromycin eye ointment. These help prevent bleeding in the newborn and infection. The baby will have a hearing test and heart test in the hospital. The baby will have a newborn metabolic screen and they will offer a Virginia ID program. We recommend both of these. The nurses will give the first Hepatitis B vaccine. This vaccine works best if given in the first 12-24 hours after birth. The lactation consultant will also visit you to help with breast feeding. This is a very helpful service that helps get breast feeding started. The usual stay for a baby born vaginally is 2 days. For a baby born via C section, the stay is 3 days. We like to see your baby the day after discharge. (2 days after discharge if the next day would be a Sunday). Please call our office before you leave to schedule that appointment.
Please download and complete the New Patient forms and Newborn form. If you prefer to complete these in the office, please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of your appointment. This will allow you adequate time to complete all the required paperwork.
During your visit we will review all the hospital paperwork and do an exam. We will asses for adequacy of breast or formula feeding and assess for signs of dehydration. If there are any concerns regarding breastfeeding, we will refer you to one of our lactation specialists on staff or to a private lactation consultant. We will also assess for signs of jaundice and may refer you to the lab for a bilirubin test. We will take the time to answer all of your concerns and give you written guidance on issues regarding new babies. At the end of the visit, as we will with every visit from this point, we will advise you when to schedule your next visit. Typically, this is when your baby is 2 weeks old.
We like to see all of newborn babies within 24 hours of being discharged. Please call our office during business hours to schedule your newborn appointment. Please bring all your discharge papers from the hospital to your initial visit in our office. We have all our office forms on our website.