The Admission Nursery

During the first four hours of life, your baby will be admitted and cared for in the nursery. Length, weight and vital signs will be measured.

All babies are given a shot of Vitamin K to begin the clotting mechanism. In addition, by state law, an antibiotic is instilled in the eyes to prevent infection and an antiseptic is applied to the umbilical cord. Law also requires newborns to be screened for four rare conditions which can be treated if detected early. This is done by taking blood from the baby's heel.