Parents with New BabyYour nurse will put identical bracelets on you and your newborn and one other person you identify with the baby’s sex, identification number, and date and time of delivery. Both you and your baby should wear these bracelets constantly during your stay.

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 prior to the surgery during one of the prepared childbirth classes.


The weight, length, and vital signs of your baby will be recorded shortly after birth. We try to do as much of the initial care on moms chest and practice kangaroo care throughout your stay.

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 Hospital’s nursery has sophisticated equipment, highly trained pediatricians and a team of specially trained nurses ready to care for late preterm 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 Paducah, KY, Louisville, KY., or Nashville, TN.


So that we may efficiently prepare information for your baby’s birth certificate, it is important that you provide us with the baby’s full legal name as soon as possible after birth.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires your child’s birth to be registered. The hospital’s Heath Information Management Department and your doctor will fill out the necessary form and send it to the health department.

To receive a certified legal copy of your child’s 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 $10 fee must then be mailed to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Frankfort, KY. You should wait at least six weeks after your child’s 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 calling 1.800.241.8322 and use your credit card.  You may also visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website for additional information on the process to obtain a Kentucky birth certificate.


Whether you are bottle or breast-feeding, your nurse may remain for a few minutes at your bedside for the first few feedings. It isn’t 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.

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 6:00 p.m., respectively. Or by using room service, you may call the food services department with your meal selection at the time you prefer.  Contact Food Services by calling extension 1111 from inside the hospital or 270.762.1111 from outside the hospital.


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.


Another test performed before discharge is the CCHD test, or Pulse Oximetry test. This is done by putting a sensor on the baby’s foot and hand to read the oxygen percentage in the baby’s blood.  It is not painful and only takes minutes to perform.  If the test is not normal, hospital staff notify the pediatrician and a pediatric cardiologist (child heart specialist) to discuss results.  Additional test may be ordered along with seeing the specialist.


Kentucky law requires all newborns to have a screening test to identify hidden disorders that can cause serious problems for the baby if not treated soon after birth.  After your baby is 24 hours old, a few drops of blood from your baby’s heel are put on a special test paper which is allowed to dry. Then, the paper is sent to the Kentucky State Lab where it is tested for 48 disorders which can cause serious health problems if not treated early.  Should you baby’s results be abnormal, your pediatrician will be notified and more tests may be necessary to find out if your baby really has a disorder.