Before Delivery

dogCongratulations on your new addition!  As you prepare to bring a new baby into your family, it is important to select a pediatrician that fits your philosophy and needs.  At STMG, we are dedicated to being one of the many partners working to keep your baby happy and healthy.  We would love the opportunity to talk with you before delivery, please schedule a meet-and-greet by calling the appointment line.

Items you will need

  • Carseat

  • Rectal thermometer

  • Baby nail clippers

  • Vaseline and gauze if a circumcision is planned

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Delivery

Some of our physicians see infants in the nurseries at St. Thomas Midtown and Vanderbilt hospitals. If your pediatrician does not make rounds at the hospital where you deliver, we are happy to meet your baby shortly after discharge in the clinic.

Returning Home

Safe sleep tips to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Always place your baby on her back to sleep

  • Avoid bumpers, stuffed animals and loose blankets in the crib

  • DO use a firm mattress with tight-fitting sheet that fits snugly in the crib

  • If your baby falls asleep in another location, return him to a safe sleep environment as soon as possible

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the preferred method of feeding your infant and our staff is equipped to support you in what can be a challenging transition.  Our lactation consultants work at the Midtown campus and provide hands-on care to help you through issues with latch, routine, supplies and more.  Some prescription and over the counter medications can accumulate in breast milk, please contact our office if you have questions about safety during breastfeeding.  If using formula is the better choice for your family, your STMG physician can discuss the best formula choices for your baby.

At the office

Well child checkups

The following is the AAP recommended schedule of well child checkups. These visits help us ensure your baby is growing and developing normally and keep their protective vaccinations up to date.

 

  • 2-3 days

  • 2 weeks

  • 2 months

  • 4 months

  • 6 months

  • 9 months

  • 12 months

  • 15 months

  • 18 months

  • 24 months

  • Annually thereafter

Immunizations

As parents strive to make the best decisions for their children’s health, occasionally questions regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccinations arise.  Scientific evidence clearly supports the use of currently recommended immunizations to protect our children from life threatening disease and we are eager to discuss any concerns that parents may have.

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