After your delivery, we perform blood testing on your baby to screen for multiple metabolic and genetic disorders. We also test each newborn’s hearing. The results are forwarded to your baby’s doctor and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as required by the state. View a list of conditions that are screened for in Pennsylvania.
- Newborn heart disease is uncommon but may be difficult to detect. We screen for critical congenital heart disease on all newborns after 24 hours of age. An oxygen monitor wrapped around your baby’s foot and hand provides a reading. As part of Lancaster General Health’s affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), pediatric cardiologists from CHOP are available to provide support to our patients in Lancaster. If your baby is suspected of having a heart problem, your doctor can request a consult with one of these specialists to discuss next steps. Learn more about the pediatric subspecialists from CHOP who provide outpatient care at LG Health’s Suburban Pavilion.
- Newborn hearing screening is done prior to your baby’s discharge. If a problem is detected, we’ll refer you to outpatient testing with a hearing specialist.
- Yellow jaundice is a natural newborn process as your baby breaks down and eliminates your red blood cells from his or her body, producing a yellow pigment called bilirubin. Some infants have more of their mother’s blood to break down or it happens too quickly. This causes the bilirubin pigment to rise very quickly and may cause some problems. We screen for rapidly rising bilirubin in all infants with a simple monitor that is touched to the forehead at about 36 hours of age.
Protecting your Baby
- Vitamin K is given to all newborns within one hour of birth. One dose is injected into the leg muscle of your baby to prevent newborn bleeding problems.
- Newborn eye care takes place right after the birth of your baby. An antibiotic ointment is applied one time to the eyes to protect your baby from a serious bacterial infection called gonorrhea.
- Hepatitis B vaccine is your baby’s first vaccine. It is recommended that all infants receive a birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine by 24 hours of age, regardless of whether the mother has tested negative for Hepatitis B during her pregnancy. Many infants will catch this virus from another family member or friend who is infected with Hepatitis B but is unaware they have it.
Perinatal Palliative Care
Women who know their pregnancy will likely end with the loss of their child face many heart-wrenching challenges. Our Perinatal Palliative Care Team guides families through difficult decisions with sensitivity and compassion, and helps facilitate their wishes as their baby is delivered.
Every family processes grief in different ways. Our specially trained team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other staff members work together to assure these very personal preferences are respected.
We offer counseling and special resources for bereaved parents and siblings, including:
- Birth plans that address a family's hopes, goals and values
- Experienced bereavement nurse to assist with memory-making options
- Written resources to help bolster a family's coping strategies
- Chaplaincy care to promote holistic care; mind, body and spirit
- Physicians specialized in assisting with medical decision making, and addressing pain and symptom management
- Support team to provide compassion, time to listen, and support throughout pregnancy and aftercare.
For more information, please contact Sharon Kauffman, MSN, RN, CPLC, Perinatal Loss and Perinatal Palliative Care Coordinator 717-544-3418.