In keeping with our quality of care, babies are weighed, given preventative eye infection treatment and an injection of vitamin K. Your chosen pediatrician will assess your baby daily. A newborn screen is a state-mandated blood test required at two and 14 days of age. The first test is given at the hospital; the second will be performed at your pediatrician’s office. The purpose of these screens is to detect 28 different newborn conditions that can be corrected if detected early. Houston Methodist, in compliance with Texas state law, offers a hearing screen by a certified hearing professional prior to discharge.
Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Sometimes babies need additional care and may be placed in our Level II NICU. Staffed with our highly-skilled NICU nurses, our 14-bed Level II Nursery and four bed Neonatal Unit gives Houston Methodist the capability to handle premature babies or infants who need specialized care. Texas Children’s Hospital neonatologists and pediatricians specially trained in the care of premature infants and high-risk babies provide coverage 24 hours a day so you can have peace of mind knowing your baby is progressing along a healthy path. Infants who need a higher level of care in a Level III neonatal nursery are stabilized and transported to Texas Children’s Hospital. Quick transfer to Texas Children’s Hospital is assured via direct tunnel. This is just one more assurance that your baby is receiving the best care.
The pediatrician of your choice will be contacted to come to Houston Methodist to direct the inpatient care of your newborn. You should select a pediatrician prior to delivering your baby. Although Houston Methodist is primarily an adult hospital, many top pediatricians are on the admitting staff.
Find a Pediatrician or call the Physician Referral and Health Information Line at 713-790-3333.
If your pediatrician is unable to come to Houston Methodist or you have not chosen one you're your obstetrician can assign one to care for the infant. Once your baby is discharged from the hospital, the assigned pediatrician will report the care rendered to your pediatrician.
The birth registrar will visit you the day after delivery to provide assistance in completing the baby’s birth certificate and to answer any questions you may have regarding this process.
Preparing to Go Home
We know that once your baby arrives you will be eager to begin this new chapter in your life. We want to ensure that you and your baby are healthy and ready to go home so we recommend a minimum 24-hour stay after a vaginal birth and a 72-hour stay after a Cesarean.
Both your doctor and the pediatrician will discharge you and your baby, respectively, from the hospital. Before you leave, the nurse will give you your paperwork and information about follow-up care and breast feeding information for you and your baby. We encourage you to schedule an appointment before discharge.
The State of Texas requires all infants to be transported in a car seat when going home. Be sure to have your car seat properly installed prior to discharge from the hospital.