Expecting a Baby / Newborns

Congratulations!

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. Nothing is more rewarding than the privilege of caring for this new life and providing an environment in which both you and your child will thrive and develop. Choosing the pediatrician that can best care for your child is an important decision. At Oberlin Road Pediatrics, we share your joy and enthusiasm and look forward to the opportunity in partnering with you on the exciting journey of raising a child.

Getting Acquainted  (Currently on hold with COVID)

We schedule free prenatal group appointments monthly at 5:00 pm in the lobby of our practice  with one of our physicians.   This is a great way to get acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new baby - from birth to first office visit.   Click here for the schedule for the upcoming months.  Please call for a free appointment. 

In the hospital

If you deliver at  Rex Hospital, simply tell the hospital staff that you have chosen Oberlin Road Pediatrics as your child's pediatrician. Our office will be notified of your baby's birth by the hospital staff.  One of our physicians will come and see you and the baby on the first morning after the baby's birth, usually between 7-10 am.  We will examine the baby and take care of him/her every day that you are in the hospital.  

Those families who deliver at other hospitals will be taken care of by the local Pediatric team.  We still are happy to provide primary pediatric care to those families once the baby leaves the hospital.

The AAP provides information about the routine newborn procedures that occur in the hospital: Why you should say Yes to the test: Newborn procedures explained.

After Discharge

We will see your newborn in the clinic within 1-3 days after discharge from the hospital.   The goal of this visit is to check the newborn's weight during a time of expected weight loss, and examine for jaundice.   Believe us, it will take much longer for you to get your new family assembled and out the door then you anticipate.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your visit so that you can turn in completed paperwork and have the full appointment time with the doctor.  Don't  forget your diaper bag!

Link HERE for the papers that you are due at the time of the first newborn visit.

Lactation Services

We have nurses with breastfeeding expertise who can assist moms during the time of their visit with the pediatrician.  If you require additional help, please talk with your pediatrician about specific lactation specialists we recommend.  We have a list of highly trained individuals whom we trust and are happy to put you in touch with them.   Linked is our ORP list of Breastfeeding Resources and Lactation Consultants.  

Tongue tie clipping-- Dr. Galla is trained in clipping the frenulum of babies with tongue tie, so we now can perform this minor procedure in our office.

Again, congratulations! Enjoy this exciting time.