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Newborn Home Visits

Newborn Baby

Helping mom and baby during the important first weeks

Becoming a parent can be overwhelming, especially during those first few weeks at home with a new baby.  To help during this transition period, Southwest General’s Home Health Services offers the Newborn Home Visit program.

After you deliver your baby, a registered nurse from our Home Health Services will stop by your room to discuss the program and see if you are interested and eligible. The following requirements must be met to be eligible for a Newborn Home Visit:

  • You must have delivered your baby at Southwest General
  • You live in an area served by Southwest General’s Home Health Services
  • Your insurance company covers the visit


During the visit, a specially trained registered nurse from Southwest General will provide a health and safety assessment of mom and baby as well as support, education and resources, right in the comfort of your home. The assessments include:

For baby:

  • A bilirubin check, which can detect jaundice (no blood draw required for test)
  • Newborn reflex and development assessment
  • “Tummy time” instructions
  • Advice on how to baby-proof your home for child safety


For mom:

  • Signs of postpartum depression
  • Overall health assessment, including blood pressure, other vital signs and presence of infection
  •  Review of medical/surgical history
  • Overall discussion of pain and pain management options
  • General nutrition assessment
  • Breastfeeding education and/or training


During the visit, if anything appears out of line with standard health guidelines and development, our nurse will be in touch with your doctor to make sure that you and/or your newborn receive the necessary care. The visit is a good time for mom to ask any questions she hasn’t had the time (or energy!) to research.

For more information on Southwest General’s Newborn Home Visit program, contact 440-816-5050 to request a call from our maternity coordinator.

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