Congratulations on your new baby!
Having a baby is one of the most
rewarding experiences in your life. We are
honored you are considering our practice to provide for
your new baby's medical needs.
encourage parents-to-be to schedule
a prenatal visit.
This visit allows expectant parents to become
us, tour our
office, and ask
questions regarding the birth of your baby.
is usually convenient to schedule this visit during the
last month of your pregnancy. Remember each pregnancy
and each child is very different, so these visits are
important and not just for the "first-timers"!
visit the Form
& Policies on
this website to download and complete your baby’s
registration with our office. You can mail or Fax these
forms to us or bring them to the visit. Doing this in
advance to the visit, will allow you to concentrate on
your new baby instead of completing paperwork and
reading policies when you arrive.
A prenatal visit with our
office is not required before your baby is born. If you
would like Luis R. Rodriguez to be your baby’s doctor, simply tell your
obstetrician and the hospital staff when you arrive at
the hospital to give birth. The hospital will notify our
office when your baby is born. Dr. Rodriguez
will be in to see you and your baby when they do
hospital rounds in the morning.
Our Two Basic Medical Questions
for You: Please let us
know (and remind us if appropriate after the baby is born) if you have had any
major medical problems during this pregnancy (i.e., toxemia, bleeding, infections,
or if you have any underlying medical
condition requiring ongoing medical care and/or medication (e.g., epilepsy,
diabetes, thyroid disease, unusual blood types, etc.). We also would want to
know if there is any history in your immediate families of any hereditary,
familial, or childhood diseases (e.g., hemophilia, muscular dystrophy, cystic
What Happens After
the Baby is Born?: After the baby is born, the
Pediatrician usually sees your newborn within a few hours of birth and will visit
with you each morning to let you know how the baby is doing. We are
to cooperate with your own physician in having you both go home as early as
Baby Care While
in the Hospital:
Feeding Your Baby- while we are strong supporters of breast
feeding, we believe that the mother should be the one to make that
decision, and be comfortable with either breast or bottle feeding, since babies
will do well on breast milk or formula.
Nursing- We are firmly committed to breast feeding as the
optimal nutrition for your baby. We will help you succeed by providing
educational materials, verbal and personalized support. Don't be discouraged
from nursing if you will be soon returning to work, for you can either
continue to breast feed and supplement with formula or breast milk, or wean the baby
earlier if necessary. After the baby is born, it usually takes a few days or
your milk to come in.
Formula Feeding- We usually start our babies on iron
fortified cow's milk based formulas. If there is a history of cow's milk
allergy or intolerance in the family, we would then recommend starting the
baby on a soybean formula. The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program
offers nutrition advice and provides the Carnation brand formulas and diet
supplements for babies. These formulas are of the highest quality. They
are comparable to Enfamil and Similac. For this reason, there is usually no
medical reason to switch to either Similac or Enfamil from the Carnation Brand
product. Please call us before you make any formula changes in order to avoid
having feeding problems.
Circumcision- If you would like your son circumcised, please
let your obstetrician know, since he or she would be the one to do the
circumcision at their office
to Keeping Your Baby Well!
of our new babies already have older brothers and sisters who are patients here
- it is for the consistency of care that we recommend all children of the same
household be patients of the same practice.
We follow the schedule of well-baby visits recommended by
the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration. After your baby is discharged
from the hospital, he/she would be seen at the office within the first week
after being discharged. We then see the babies for their checkups in accordance
with the recommended schedule, or in accordance with your insurance coverage schedule.
The number of well care visits may be modified for baby's with special medical
needs. Immunizations are provided during the well visits checkups. Check out our
Immunization Schedule Section
also! At each visit, the child is
weighed, measured, their motor and neurological development is reviewed, a full
physical exam is performed, and safety, nutrition, and social development are
discussed. These health maintenance visits are IMPORTANT!
WELL BABY VISITS:
2nd Month (with
4th Month (with
6th Month (with
9th Month (Hemoglobin
test, Lead test, Sickle Cell Screening)
12th Month (with
15th Month (with
18th Month (with immunizations)
WELL CHILD VISITS:
3- 18 Years
4 Year (with immunization
11 Year (with immunizations)
appointment now...don't miss your check-ups!!!