Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of supervision will my baby get while I am not there?

A: Your baby will be supervised by one of our specialized neonatal nurses day and night. All the practicing specialists at South Dade Neonatology have had extensive experience and specialized training to ensure that your baby receives the entire scope of unparalled service through a multidisciplinary plan. Each morning as the team conducts its rounds, each patient's case is discussed in detail.

Q: Will I get to hold my baby and participate in feeding?

A: Absolutely! South Dade Neonatalogy believes in fostering Bonding. South Dade Neonatology's goal is to improve the quality of life for newborn infants and their families by delivering unparalleled care and treatment while encouraging each family to be an integral member of the care-giving team. We encourage parents to spend as much time as they want or need to with their baby at bedside. At South Dade Neonatology, active plans are in place to foster bonding between infant and parents in a safe, stress-free environment.

Q: What about other family members, can they come to visit the baby?

A: Because our primary focus is your baby, we implement appropriate noise level, activity level and health policies to protect your baby's progress. Siblings and other relatives may feel left out of the process. Your baby's health plan will take into account the needs of other family members to include them in the process at an appropriate pace. All family members must be screened before entering, and must adhere to the hospital's policy and procedure manual.

Q: Is a baby on a ventilator in pain?

A: Some babies demonstrate no signs of agitation or distress while on ventilators. These babies are prescribed medication to help them relax and ensure every breath is as effective as possible.

Q: If my baby receives too much pain medication, can she/he become addicted?

A: Babies that have been on pain medication for a long time must be weaned slowly from it, but this does not mean that your baby is addicted. Their little bodies have just gotten used to it.

Q: Do all those beeps and buzzes mean my baby is not doing well?

A: Among the small buzzes, beeps and mazes of tubes, parents may feel a little detached and lost. The purpose of all this equipment is to help monitor your baby's vital functions such as heart rate, breathing and body temperature. We monitor your baby 24 hours a day. When an alarm sounds, it simply means we need to adjust something, not that the baby is necessarily in danger. Please feel free to ask questions at any time.

Q: Will my baby have emotional issues because he received neonatal care?

A: Research shows that there are no long-term effects from medical care received in neonatal care units. Premature or sick babies can grow up to be as emotionally normal as regular term babies.

Q: Why does my pre-term baby not act like other babies his/her age?

A: Because your pre-term baby is not the age you think he is. Your pre-term baby should be assessed according to his "corrected" age.

Q: What is meant by the "corrected" age?

A: The corrected age of a pre-term baby is the age he would be if he was born on his due date, instead of his chronological age, which is how long it has been since he was actually born. This allows parents to accurately assess his developmental progress. A 40-week term is referred to as the term date or due date.

Q: Why do I feel depressed and feel like I have no energy?

A: Even taking a healthy baby home is a huge source of stress. Sadness and depression are common and normal reactions to having a sick or premature baby. Our medical staff is there for you to help you through the rough beginnings and you may ask all the questions you need to feel more confident about your baby's recovery. At South Dade Neonatology, our unique talented physicians are taking exceptionally good care of your baby, but will also help take care of you. if you feel like the sadness is overtaking your life, please tell us so we can help.

Q: Could I have post-partum depression?

A: Postpartum depression occurs six weeks to several months after giving birth and can get worse if left untreated. Common symptoms include: crying, feelings of hopelessness, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, loss of sex drive, tiredness, poor concentration or memory, anxiety, severe irritability, extreme mood changes, irrational fear, and feelings of inadequacy. If you feel you are experiencing some of these symptoms, please as our medical staff for help.

Q: Should I try to breastfeed my baby while he or she is at the hospital?

A: Breast milk is the number one recommended source of nutrition for your baby because it contains antibodies that fight infection. That said, babies cannot coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing until they are typically 32 or 33 weeks old, when they begin to suck their thumb in the womb. Individualized plans for feeding will always take into account both the mother and child.

Q: When will my baby be able to come home?

A: When the happy moment finally arrives where your baby is able to maintain his body temperature in an open crib at room temperature with light clothing and a blanket, and shows a steady weight gain through taking in breastmilk or formula, or is officially off the cardio-respiratory monitor, and has passed all the newborn tests, he or she can come home!

Q: Will I be completely on my own once my baby can come home?

A: However, we will still be available to you by checking in periodically during your transition. You are considered part of our South Dade Neonatology family, and can count on us for support long after your baby has been discharged.

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