means not only the absence of disease but also physical
and emotional well-being and wellness, so that your infant
can be able to enjoy his or her life as a child and take
advantage of the many learning experiences that you and
others will offer. Our efforts will be directed first to
You as a parent and as your child grows, we want
to include them in the efforts to ensure wellness.
are a marvelous and wondrous addition to your life. They
have their own personalities, a unique mixture of their
parents which can never be duplicated. They know you from
the beginning. They have been hearing your voices from 17
weeks of gestation. They have listened to you talking to
them and about them. They have heard the music, the laughter,
and the prayer in their home. They have felt the love of
their parents for each other and the love you both have
for them. They nestle and grow in that love until the time
of their birth.
need for their parents to have thought about them long
before the time of conception. They need to be the
product of two healthy, stable people who are sure of their
feelings for one another and welcome the birth of their
child. All things possible must be done to ensure the health,
both physical and emotional, of both parents, and great
thought must be taken to ensure the proper atmosphere in
which to conceive and develop an infant.
infant in the womb draws from the mother their nutrients
and their strength. Dangerous substances should be avoided
long before you become pregnant and certainly during pregnancy.
They include drugs,
All of these substances, if taken in by the mother, will
cross the placenta and the infant will get 100% of whatever
is taken. Alcohol
can cause a syndrome called FETAL
ALCOHOL SYNDROME. This syndrome can lead to various
degrees of mental retardation and developmental delay. Drugs
can cause infants to be born with addictions, which they
will never lose. Nicotine
can cause your infant to be born with a smaller birth rate
than is usual. This may in turn have its own ramifications.
the infant is aware of the mothers emotional and psychological
state, and the mother should be in a serene state, happy
at the prospect of creating life. She should eat healthy
foods in quantities sufficient to provide nourishment for
herself and the infant. She should drink the correct fluids
in a correct amount. Rest is important. Listen to your body.
When your body tells you to take a nap, or go to bed for
the night, or just to sit down and rest, those messages
are to be heeded. Put aside worry, decrease the stress in
your life, and above all, enjoy this time. Regular visits
to your health care provider are essential. It is often
a good practice to consult your provider even before you
become pregnant. Your health care providers and the parents
form a team, working together to ensure the health of the
and how to deliver your infant is a personal family choice.
There are birthing
centers in most communities. Some people opt for
a home delivery with the services of a midwife.
Hospitals now have birthing
rooms which provide the same amenities as a birthing
center combined with the high tech atmosphere of the hospital.
Then there are the traditional hospital delivery rooms.
It is a wise family who thinks about and explores their
options well ahead of time and visits in order to have a
clear picture of their chosen option. Make all of the necessary
preparations for the birth well ahead and then just sit
back, relax, and bask in the joy of the pregancy.
are certain things which should be done in the early days
of the infants life. They should have their first PKU-THYROID
TESTS done. These tests check for certain metabolic
disorders which, if left undetected and untreated, can cause
problems related to mental retardation. If detected, they
can be treated completely. Your infant should get their
Hepatitis B injection in the first days of life.
It will also be important to find out your babys blood
type if you have an RH
Negative Factor to be able to predict the chance
of an ABO
Incompatibility. In addition, there may need to
be tests made to determine your babies bilirubin level if
or yellowing of the eyes and skin develops. This is usually
a normal condition, related to immaturity of the infants
liver and its breakdown of bilirubin, a waste product,
and which may need to be monitored.
baby should be seen by a health
care provider at regularly scheduled intervals to
ensure that he or she is progressing normally in all phases
of growth and development. Your infant's first visit should
be when he is 2 WEEKS OF AGE. At that time he will
see his pediatrician, nurse practitioner, or physicians
assistant for a complete checkup and you will have the opportunity
to talk over your early concerns, questions, and experiences.
All aspects of the parenting role can be discussed. The
studies which were initially done will be repeated.
These tests are redone at this time because, in order to
be accurate, they should be done when an infant has been
drinking milk for at least 48 hours. At 4 WEEKS OF AGE
your infant will receive his 2nd Hepatitis Vaccine
and may receive another checkup at this time, if it is deemed
necessary, either by you or your health care provider. The
next well baby checkup is usually scheduled for 2 months