Your nurse will put identical bracelets on you and
your newborn with the babyís sex, identification
number, and date and time of delivery. Both you and
your baby should wear these bracelets constantly during
Identification foot and thumb prints are also placed on
a permanent record.
You and your support person are encouraged to touch,
hold and begin bonding with your infant as soon as your
delivery is completed. You may also invite siblings and
family into the birthing room after delivery, or you
may want to reserve this time just for you and one
other special person. The choice is yours. Just let our
nursing staff know your decision.
If your delivery must be by cesarean section, it
will be performed in the maternity unit in the
operation room. Your support person may be with you
during a cesarean delivery when it is not an emergency.
The possibility of a cesarean section, reasons for
having a cesarean section, routine hospital procedure
done before, during, and after the operation, pain
medication and post-delivery care are discussed during
one of the prepared childbirth classes.
Shortly After Delivery
The weight, length, and vital signs of your baby
will be recorded shortly after birth. Initially, the
baby will be placed in an infant warmer while he/she is
observed. If everything is "go", baby will be handed
back to you within a matter of moments.
Both you and your baby will receive special
individualized nursing care during those important
first hours following the miracle of birth.
For your own safety, please ask a nurse to help you
the first few times you get out of bed.
Murray-Calloway County Hospitalís nursery has
sophisticated equipment, highly trained pediatricians
and family practitioners and a team of specially
trained nurses ready to care for premature infants
and babies with special medical needs.
Within 24 hours, the physician you have selected will
give your baby a thorough physical examination and then
talk to you about your baby. If you wish to talk to a
physician immediately or have other concerns,
physicians are on call 24 hours a day, and one is
available to talk to you and care for your baby.
In certain cases, however, your physician may decide
that your baby needs to be cared for in a neonatal
intensive care center such as Louisville, KY., or
Nashville, TN. Babies moved to such a facility may be
returned to Murray-Calloway County Hospital for
continued care until they are ready to go home. Parents
of these infants are invited to spend time as much as
possible caring for their baby in the nursery prior to
taking him or her home.
So that we may efficiently prepare information for
your babyís birth certificate, it is important that you
provide us with the babyís full legal name as soon as
possible after birth.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires your childís
birth to be registered. The hospitalís Heath
Information Management Department and your doctor will
fill out the necessary form and send it to the health
department. You will receive a "keepsake" birth
certificate from the hospital in approximately four
weeks. Although this keepsake may be used as proof of
age in certain situations, it is not intended to be
used as a legal birth certificate.
To receive a certified legal copy of your childís
birth certificate, you may pick up an application from
the Medical Records Department of Murray-Calloway
County Hospital or from the Calloway County Health
Department. The completed application and $9 fee must
then be mailed to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in
Frankfort, KY. You should wait at least six weeks after
your childís birth to request a copy of the birth
certificate. The certificate may take up to twelve
weeks to arrive. To speed up the process of receiving
your birth certificate, you may order by
calling1-502-564-4212 and using your credit card.
Whether you are bottle or breast-feeding, your nurse
may remain for a few minutes at your bedside for the
first few feedings. It isnít uncommon for new parents
to need a little help and reassurance when handling and
caring for baby.
Bottle-fed babies eat about every three to four
hours. Breast-fed babies usually eat a little more
often. Therefore, flexible feeding times are arranged
to accommodate your babyís needs. However, routine baby
feeding times are 1 a.m., 5 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9
p.m. But remember, you or the babyís father may go to
the nursery to get your baby at any time.
Enjoy this time with your baby. If you do not feel
well, the father or another support person may feed the
baby. If needed, do not hesitate to ask the staff for
assistance in feeding or diapering.
A snack or meal will be served to you upon request. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served to you
at approximately 7:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.,respectively. Or by using room service - you may call
the food services department with your meal selection
at the time you prefer.
Before your baby leaves our hospital, his or her
hearing will be tested. One of every 350 to 450 infants
has a hearing problem, making it one of the most common
birth defects among newborns. Finding a problem allows
for early intervention, thus helping to prevent
potential speech and developmental problems. We are
proud to have been one of the first hospitals in
western Kentucky to conduct universal hearing screening
on all newborns.
This hearing test is noninvasive and causes no
discomfort to baby. Before you leave the hospital, the
results of the hearing screening will be explained to
you. Any abnormal readings are followed-up with a
second test that is
performed by a member of the nursing staff. All results are forwarded to your
pediatrician or family physician.