Dear parents/ grandparents/ family of a newly born..
The birth of a baby is undoubtedly the most precious and happiest moment in our lives. When all goes well through pregnancy and your baby is expected to be born soon, here are some important facts that would help …
We at KIMS work as a team – the Obstetrics and Perinatology department with the Department of Neonatology.
Apart from “medical check ups” for our pregnant mothers, we conduct “Antenatal education sessions”. These are detailed and interactive; conducted by many specialists including Senior obstetricians, Senior nursing staff, dieticians, physiotherapists and Neonatologists. We enjoy talking to you and listening to your queries, and are quite sure you would too… especially when you get to meet other families who are awaiting the arrival of their “bundle of joy”.
Be rest assured, that every delivery (even those expected to have no complications whatsoever) are attended by trained Pediatricians who are well versed in Newborn resuscitation. The baby is examined at birth itself to help those who need immediate help.
Knowing the routines:
Breastmilk is best- Every normal newborn is helped to breastfeed right at birth and establish skin to skin contact with the mother.
Lactation experts counsel each and every family.
Written handouts about breast feeding are available.
Your baby would be examined by a Neonatologist at least twice a day
Newborn screening is done for:
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
- Hearing defects
- Congenital cyanotic heart disease
- Neonatal jaundice
- Neonatal anthropometry (growth assessments)
Jaundice screening involves clinical examination, transcutaneous bilirubin assessments and blood tests. Detailed follow up plans are communicated to you before discharge.
Vaccinations according to the latest recommendations are administered
No doubt or query is silly!
We understand that as parents , you want to do all the right things for their baby, and thus you have many doubts about several things that may seem minor. We conduct daily education sessions on normal newborn care and feel it would benefit you if one class is attended before you go home.
Sick newborns / High risk newborns:
If your pregnancy had concerns or baby has health issues after birth, our unit is equipped to take care of most situations. We are a Level IIIB (National Neonatology Forum India) accredited Neonatal Intensive care unit (NICU). This means that we take care of extreme preterm, extremely low birth weight neonates. Our smallest survivor was 520g at birth. Babies born at 24 weeks and beyond have been cared for successfully and fortunately most of them are doing very well on follow up.
As for term babies, we do receive several sick neonates who need very advanced form of breathing supports, multidisciplinary care including Pediatric Surgery, Laryngology, Plastic Surgery, Retinal procedures, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Cardiology and Medical Genetics. For babies who need cardiac surgery, we collaborate with units close to our hospital.
We have an advanced Neonatal transport facility 24X7 with a full medical team in an equipped ambulance to pick up sick neonates from other hospitals.
“Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents”
We believe that parents play a vital role in a baby’s recovery to health. Hence we have no visitation restriction for parents 24X7, communicate every plan and event with you, and involve parents in care processes right from the start.
Follow up of normal and high risk neonates
Our consultants are available in the out patient services every day of the week.
We are proud of our High risk follow up program with dedicated Developmental Pediatrician, developmental therapists to assess and help babies.
Teaching and training:
We have been training Fellows and Superspecialists in the field since 2008 under the auspices of National Board of Examinations, Indian Academy of Pediatrics and National Neonatology Forum. More than 45 doctors have completed their training programs and are practising successfully all over the world. We believe that continuous education and experience are what makes our team strive to get better and better.