There are many changes babies must make during the transition to life outside the womb. Before birth, the baby depends on the mother for important functions. At the time of birth, the lungs must breathe air and changes must occur in the heart circulation. Some babies may have trouble with this transition and need our help. In the delivery room, our team focuses on your baby’s adjustments by checking their muscle tone, heart rate, skin color, reflexes, and breathing.
After delivery, some newborns in our care are able, with assistance, to transition quickly and remain with their parents. Others need ongoing intensive medical care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Whatever the circumstance, our team supports your baby’s needs and partners with you and your family throughout the experience.