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Newborn Services

Dedicated to Special Care for Newborns

We celebrate each and every delivery at the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion. We know that having a baby is one of the most life-changing events you will ever experience.

This big event can leave you with lots of questions about caring for your newborn. But with the following information about our Newborn Services, you’ll be one step closer to being prepared for the arrival of your little one.

We offer prenatal classes to help you prepare for your new bundle's arrival:

  • Newborn Care
  • Infant CPR and Safety
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Breastfeeding Basics

Newborn Screenings

After the birth of your baby at the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, there are many tests performed to screen for possible conditions that could affect your baby’s health.

Newborn Screening Blood Tests

For example, Newborn Screening Blood Tests check for a number of defects in body metabolism that an infant can inherit. If a condition is discovered early through a newborn screening, in many cases, there may be treatments available so that the child can lead a more normal life.

Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Also, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program provides a hearing screening for every infant. This screening is performed by a hearing screening technician who has been trained by a certified audiologist.

Car Seat Test

This is for infants that are born less than 37 weeks. The hospital will want to make sure your baby can travel safely in the car. Usually, infants born earlier than 37 weeks will need a tolerance test, also known as a car seat test. Babies with other medical conditions or those who may not tolerate sitting in a semi-reclined position, such as a rear-facing car seat, may also need this test.

Congenital Heart Defects Testing for Newborns

A congenital heart defect is a problem in any part of the heart that is present at birth. Heart defects usually happen during the first few weeks of pregnancy when the heart is forming. About 1 out of every 125 babies is born with a heart defect. A defect may be so small that a baby has few problems and appears healthy for many years. Some defects are serious and may cause severe health problems that can put a baby’s life in immediate danger. Pulse oximetry (pulse ox) is a simple and painless way to help screen your baby for a heart defect. It only takes a few minutes and measures the amount of oxygen in the blood. Your nurse puts a soft, spongy strip around your baby’s hand and foot.  Click here to learn more about congenital heart defects testing.

CCHD

Approximately 18 out of every 10,000 babies are born with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD). CCHD is life threatening and requires intervention in infancy. However, CCHD is not always detected prenatally or upon exam in the nursery. As a result, some infants with CCHD are discharged from the nursery to home, where they quickly decompensate. To improve the early detection of CCHD, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended that CCHD screening be added to the uniform newborn screening panel.

Online Newborn Photos

The Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion is happy to partner with Mom365 to capture your baby’s newborn photo. Photos are taken in the intimate environment of your room and then securely posted to the baby’s own web page in the Mom365 WebNursery®, where it can be shared with family and friends.

Many packages and keepsakes are available for you. Don’t forget to bring that special outfit for your baby’s first portrait.

Find an OB/GYN now, or call 678-312-5000.