Newborns & First Time Moms

Grossmont Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in La Mesa, CA

As a first-time mother of a newborn, you may worry you’re not ready to handle the baby’s needs or are unprepared for motherhood. Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics are ready to help you ease into the transition of being a new parent and ensure your baby is healthy and happy. Comprehensive health services are available for both mom and baby, including checkups, vaccinations, and new mom resources. Schedule a consultation to learn more using the online booking feature or by calling the office directly.

Newborns & First Time Moms Q & A

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What’s involved in newborn health care?

After you deliver your baby, you can expect a variety of testing and evaluations to take place soon after birth, including height and weight measurements, body temperature, heart rate, and newborn activity.

Your provider can see your baby while they’re still in the hospital and administer common newborn tests, including a physical examination and blood work.

If your baby was born early or has specific health concerns, your board certified doctor can recommend a treatment plan and coordinate care with other specialists.

What can I expect from my first office visit?

You should schedule an examination at Grossmont Pediatrics within five days after your child was born and within 72 hours of your discharge from the hospital.

During this visit, your provider takes new measurements of your baby’s height, weight, and head circumference. They also examine your baby’s eyes, hearing, and reflexes and discusses your baby’s eating and sleep habits. If they ordered any testing while your baby was still in the hospital, they can review the results with you.

To protect your newborn from disease, your doctor can administer vaccinations and provide you with a schedule for future vaccinations.

When should I be concerned about my newborn’s health?

As a new mom, you may worry frequently about your baby’s health. Common issues that may affect your newborn that need medical attention include:

  • Eye discharge
  • Fever above 100.4°F
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

You can also contact the office at Grossmont Pediatrics to discuss other concerns you have about your baby’s health or development.

What services can I expect as a new mom?

The biological, physical, and emotional changes you go through becoming a mom for the first time can be exhausting and confusing.

Your board certified providers understand how so much change can affect your health and happiness. They also realize how these changes can affect your confidence as a new mom. At Grossmont Pediatrics, you can expect patient and compassionate staff who are ready to answer your questions and provide you resources to help you through:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Postpartum depression
  • Newborn and infant care

An on-site registered nurse also provides breastfeeding counseling.

To ensure you’re in good health and able to properly care for your baby, it’s important you take care of yourself. The doctors are available to listen to your questions and concerns as a new mom.

Learn more about newborn and new mom health services by calling for an appointment or scheduling online.