Before Baby’s Arrival
You’ve spent months preparing for the very special day when you meet your baby for the first time! The Maternity Center staff at Milford Regional wants your stay with us to be a wonderfully memorable experience. We look forward to meeting and caring for both you and your newborn. This is the perfect time to review some important information and make sure you are good and ready for one of the most remarkable days of your life.
What to Pack
About a month before your due date, we suggest you pack a bag with items you will need during your stay, as well as clothing for your newborn. Since the hospital cannot be responsible for your personal belongings, please leave your jewelry, valuables and money at home. A hair dryer is available from the hospital and only battery-operated appliances are allowed in the Maternity Center. Items you may wish to bring for yourself might include nightgowns with easy access for breastfeeding, personal toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, nursing bras and “going home” clothing. Your new baby will need an undershirt, an outer garment, a blanket and a “going home” outfit that includes a hat. If you plan to bottle feed your baby, bring a pacifier. For breastfeeding moms, pacifiers are not needed until your baby is three to four weeks old.
Child Car Seat
Massachusetts law requires all children who are 12 years of age and younger to be fastened in a safety belt or child car seat when riding in a motor vehicle. Your baby must go home in an infant car seat. To ensure the security of your baby on the trip home, it is very important to become familiar with the operation of your car seat prior to arriving at the Medical Center. Call your local fire station for a list of safety technicians that can check and adjust your baby’s car seat ahead of time. Keep children rear-facing until at least two years old or when their height and weight reaches the upper limits noted on the rear-facing car seat. Remember that infant car seats are different from “convertible” car seats, which can hold larger children either rear or forward-facing.
Vaccinations for Mom and Baby
In order to protect yourself and your baby, it is important that you are up to date on vaccinations for tetanus (Lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (Whooping Cough), as well as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and chicken pox (Varicella). Please be prepared to provide us with the dates of your last vaccinations. If any are overdue, you will have the opportunity to be given these vaccines before you go home. The state of Massachusetts also recommends vaccinating newborns against Hepatitis B. Your nurse will provide you with Hepatitis B literature and a consent form, which must be signed before the vaccination can be administered. You may want to discuss this vaccination with your pediatrician before coming to the hospital.
Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banks freeze and store blood and blood products from the placenta and/or the umbilical cord. Some families choose to bank their babies’ cord blood because the stem cells in the stored blood can be used in stem cell transplants to treat some diseases, including certain genetic diseases, cancers and disorders of the blood and immune system. To learn more about cord blood banking, click here.