Exams and Tests for Your Baby

We are able to care for your baby in your room and do exams and tests for your baby there. These include:

  • Hepatitis B Immunization: This is the first of three injections to prevent the Hepatitis B infection.
  • State newborn metabolic screen and bilirubin screen: These screening tests require blood samples, which are taken from your baby’s heel. Blood will be taken for both these tests at the same time.
  • Hearing test: This test is simple and painless, and takes only a few minutes.
  • Heart screen: This is done to make sure your baby’s heart is healthy.
  • First bath: This will not occur until your baby is 12-24 hours old. We delay the bath to help your baby stay warm and to make sure the blood sugar stays in the normal range.
  • Removing the umbilical cord clamp: We will remove your baby’s umbilical cord clamp 24 hours after they are born. Please let us know if you want us to save the clamp for you. Circumcision: We wait until the baby is at least 12-24 hours old, has peed at least once, and is showing signs that he isn’t having any trouble eating. This procedure is done in an exam room in the Mother-Baby Unit, on the same floor where you are staying.
  • Pictures: Smile! BMC has photographers that come to your room if you would like pictures of your new baby. You can take family photos or photos of just your baby. Every mother will receive one free 8×10 photo and can order more photos if desired.