Frequently Asked Questions About Newborn Care

Nothing is more exciting — and intimidating — than becoming a parent, whether you’re having your first child or your fifth. There are so many questions that run through your head, especially when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your new little family member.

Newborn babies should be monitored closely by experienced pediatricians in their hometown. Luckily, our pediatric team at Memorial Regional Health is here to provide high-quality newborn care for your baby, which ultimately begins before birth and through their first year of life.

Dr. Linda Couillard and Kevin Monahan, PA, have a combined total of 42 years of experience in providing comprehensive pediatric care, from newborn patients to older adolescent patients. Teasha Peterson, an experienced pediatric registered nurse (RN), has served the Moffat County community for four years, and Marissa Glomboske, pediatric RN, is a Certified Lactation Consultant.

Have questions about the newborn care offered at our health system? We’re more than happy to help answer them — check out our FAQ below, or feel free to reach out to our department for any questions you can’t find here. We look forward to serving you and your family for years to come!

Q: What typically occurs at a newborn visit?

Parents can expect a warm and welcoming environment with a special area dedicated to newborn patients, a lactation room for breastfeeding mothers and a large newborn exam room solely for newborn patients.

During a visit, newborns are given a head-to-toe exam. New parents are given a book titled “What to Expect the First Year,” which is offered in both English and Spanish. For Spanish speaking parents, we offer an interpreter.

Parents are given the opportunity to ask questions and are provided with education on the next steps in their child’s health.

Q: What are a few pediatric services offered for newborns at MRH that people may not know about?

MRH offers several pediatric services for newborn babies in our community, as we know offering high-quality care to newborns is critical in this period of growth and development.

A normal process for newborns, our team monitors for jaundice, a condition in which red blood cells break down faster than the liver can handle, causing the newborn’s skin to appear yellow. Newborn babies who present with jaundice sometimes need to be monitored daily. Our pediatric office has a transcutaneous bilirubin device that provides immediate results. If it is determined that a blood draw is needed, MRH lab technicians will visit the exam room and draw a sample.

The second newborn genetic screen is typically done when your newborn is 10 to 14 days old.

Lactation services are provided by Marissa Glomboske, pediatric RN and Certified Lactation Consultant. Services are provided while parents are in office, either before or after the exam with the provider. There is no need to make another appointment or go to a different building. Education and support are provided to the mother on the most current, evidence-based techniques for breastfeeding.

Q: How early should new parents start thinking about pediatric services for their newborn?

Parents should start to think about the pediatrician who will care for their newborn in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Our pediatric department is always accepting new patients and will always have appointments available for newborns.

Parents should schedule a newborn baby visit before they leave the hospital after birth, and typically within one to two days of hospital discharge, depending on your discharge orders. You can always refer to your primary healthcare provider if you have questions.

Q: How can I schedule a newborn visit at MRH?

It’s easy to schedule an appointment for your newborn in our pediatric department. The office is generally opened four days a week, and many of those days, the pediatric team see patients starting as early as 7:30 am and as late as 6:00 pm.

Availability for newborn visits is on a same-day basis. Same-day appointments for fussy/ill babies or children are also available. Parents can call our schedulers at 970-826-2400 to schedule a newborn visit.

Pediatric Care at MRH

Our pediatricians take the time to really get to know your family, and can care for your children from birth to age 21. From physical exams to annual immunizations, we’ll always provide personal pediatric care.

For more information about pediatric services offered at Memorial Regional Health, learn more here or call 970-826-2480.