Some of the things your baby will need to accomplish before going home are:
- Keep temperature within normal limits with clothes and a blanket.
- Breathe without the help of a ventilator. Some infants may need to go home with oxygen.
- Breastfeed well or take entire amount of feed by bottle and gain weight consistently.
- Be medically stable.
Some things to consider before bringing your baby home:
- Identify a pediatrician who will take care of your baby after discharge.
- Bring an ice chest in which to take breast milk home. Check with lactation to determine the number of ice chests to bring.
- Ask your nurse for a discharge teaching packet which has information regarding newborn care.
- Ask the nurse for advice regarding what type of car seat to buy. Bring car seat to be checked by a Car Seat Advocate who has been specially trained to approve car seats for safety.
- Watch car seat video offered on the ACH channel.
- Take a CPR class (offered 3 times per week) in the NICU.
- Bring clothes and blankets in which to take infant home.
- Get follow-up clinic appointment cards and discharge instructions sheet.
- Get immunization record from the nurse.