If you have a vaginal delivery, you will typically stay two nights in the hospital. If you have a cesarean section, the stay will be three or four nights. You will be closely monitored and will receive pain control, nursing instruction and aide, and receive breastfeeding teaching (if applicable). You will also be tested for early signs of postpartum depression. Once you are cleared for discharge, you will receive instructions on follow-up. Please make sure to follow-up as directed. At your postpartum visit, your physician will examine you and will discuss your symptoms, contraception, and necessary follow-up. If you have signs or symptoms of postpartum depression, please contact your physician immediately. We are here to help and it is not your fault. We can refer you to numerous support groups and provide resources to help you through this difficult time.
Counseling is available for Postpartum Depression: NJ Mental Health Cares: 1-800-202-HELP (4357)
Support groups are available for Postpartum Depression: https://www.postpartumprogress.com
Circumcision is an elective procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is trimmed. Benefits to circumcision are related to hygiene. Risks to the procedure are extremely rare. They include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, or damage to the penile gland. If you desire a circumcision, it will be performed usually on the 2nd or 3rd day of life, after the pediatrician has cleared your baby for the procedure.
- You may notice an increase in fussiness on the day of the circumcision. You may use Tylenol as needed according to your pediatrician’s dosage instructions.
- Some swelling will be expected on the day of the procedure.
- Some blood may be seen on the diaper, but the blood stain should not be greater than the size of a quarter.
- Over the first 3-5 days, apply an ointment (Neosporin, Polysporin, or Vaseline) with each diaper change to prevent adhesion of the exposed glands to the diaper.
- The infant should be expected to urinate within 12 hours after the procedure.
- A crust will be expected to form on the exposed area, which will fall off within the first week.
- The penis can be cleaned gently with soap and water if needed.
- Each subsequent diaper change, the foreskin should be gently pushed downward to avoid adhesions from re-forming.
- Please call the office with any questions or concerns.