Expecting a Baby?

Are You Expecting a New Baby?

If you are, Advanced Pediatric Associates would like to offer you our warmest congratulations!  This is an exciting time for you and your family, and we look forward to getting to know you!  Advanced Pediatric Associates has taken special care to develop the services new parents need in caring for their newborn. Our physicians visit newborns within 24 hours of birth at many area hospitals, and our Nurse Line is available to answer any questions you may have about newborn care or feeding.  Learn more about preparing for your baby's arrival:

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Free "Meet the Doctor" Visit!

If this is your first baby or you are new to our practice, we invite you to schedule a complimentary "Meet the Doctor" visit.  This optional first visit is generally scheduled in the third trimester of pregnancy and allows expectant parents to meet with one of our doctors and ask any questions they may have about Advanced Pediatrics or what to expect their baby's first year.

You may request a free "Meet the Doctor" visit online or by calling our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Download Our FREE "Preparing for Baby" Checklist

There are many things to do to prepare for the arrival of your new little one, and we would like to help to make this transition to parenthood as smooth as possible for you and your family. 

We invite you to sign up to receive our FREE "Preparing for Baby" checklist and other important E-News.  Learn More...

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Important Vaccinations for New Parents, Family Members and Caregivers

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis is a bacterial infection (spread through sneezing and coughing) which causes swelling and narrowing of the breathing passages and a severe, violent, and rapid cough, which can last for months. Pertussis is most severe in infants under 6 months of age, particularly if premature. Complications of pertussis include pneumonia, seizures and sudden death. A combination Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine is generally given at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months, with a booster at 4 - 5 years.

Because infants under 6 months are most at risk for serious complications, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that ALL expectant mothers be vaccinated against pertussis during their third trimester of EACH pregnancy. Vaccinating an expectant mother against pertussis not only protects her newborn from exposure to pertussis after birth, it also passes on important antibodies to her baby before birth. Others who will be around the infant - father, siblings, grandparents, other family members and caregivers - are also encouraged to check with their physician to make sure they are up to date on vaccine protection against pertussis. It takes two weeks to establish immunity against the pertussis bacteria, so we recommend these vaccinations take place during the last trimester of pregnancy.

Influenza

Babies under 6 months of age are at a higher risk for serious complications from influenza, but are too young to receive the flu vaccine. Thus, it is very important for parents, family members, and caregivers to be vaccinated against influenza to help form a protective "cocoon" against the flu for newborns and young infants. The seasonal flu shot is safe for both pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Studies show that vaccinating pregnant women can pass along antibodies to help protect her baby from influenza after birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual flu vaccine for all children 6 months and older.

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Newborn Hospital Visit

If you will deliver your baby at Medical Center of Aurora, Rose Medical Center, Parker Adventist Hospital or Sky Ridge Medical Center, let your obstetrician or the hospital staff know that you would like one of our physicians to visit your new baby in the hospital. Within 24 hours of birth one of our physicians will thoroughly examine your baby, discuss any questions you might have, and present you with our "New Arrival" booklet outlining new baby care recommendations from our staff.

Before your baby is discharged, hospital staff will do the first newborn screen to detect certain genetic disorders. We recommend that your baby also receive a Vitamin K injection and the first Hepatitis B vaccine while in the hospital. Be sure to bring a record of the newborn screen, Vitamin K injection and Hepatitis B vaccine to your first visit to our office.

If you will deliver your baby at a hospital other than those listed above, a hospital staff pediatrician will examine your baby in the hospital. Upon discharge from the hospital, we will schedule a longer first visit at one of our offices to ensure plenty of time to thoroughly examine your baby and answer any questions you might have. Your provider will present you with our "New Arrival" booklet at this first visit.

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Circumcision

If you are interested in having your baby circumcised by one of our physicians, please let the nursery staff or the APA physician who sees your baby in the hospital know of your interest. We recommend circumcisions be done as soon as feasible after birth, preferably in the first 7 days.

If your baby is not circumcised in the hospital, we can also do the circumcision in our office following discharge from the hospital. Please let our care coordinator know of your interest when scheduling your first office visit. Learn more about circumcision in the link below:

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First Office Visit

The providers at Advanced Pediatric Associates would like to see your new baby within three days after you are discharged from the hospital. Please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200 as soon as you are given a discharge date to schedule your baby's first office visit.

At this visit your baby's weight will be checked, a physical exam will be performed, and your provider will answer any questions you may have. Please bring any information about your baby that you are given from the hospital, including records of the newborn screen, Vitamin K injection and Hepatitis B vaccination.

Following this initial visit, we will see your baby regularly until feeding and weight gain are established and again at 2 weeks of age (at which time we will do the second newborn screen).

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Addition of New Baby to Your Insurance Plan

It is extremely important that your baby be added to your insurance policy as soon as he or she is born, and that one of our physicians is chosen as the baby's primary care physician (PCP) if a PCP is required. We accept most commercial insurance plans, as well as Tricare and CHP+ (Colorado Access). For more information regarding insurance see our Financial Policies page.

The first year of life can be expensive because of recommended well-care visits and immunizations, so it is important that you understand your insurance benefits. Recent health care reform laws require most insurance plans to provide 100% coverage for children's regular well care visits and immunizations, but exceptions may still exist in the marketplace.

Patients who are uninsured are eligible to receive government subsidized vaccines in our offices through the state funded Vaccines for Children program. (A small administration fee is charged per vaccine for uninsured patients.) In addition, immunizations are available regardless of insurance status or ability to pay for administration fees, through the Tri-County Health Department and Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition "Shots for Tots and Teens" program. 

For more information please click on the link below:

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Have Questions About Prenatal or Newborn Care?

We understand new and expectant parents have many questions about newborn care and feeding, and we would like to help make this transition to parenthood as smooth as possible for you and your family.  We offer the following resources to provide information and advice to new parents:

Prenatal Care
The nine months of pregnancy are filled with excitement - and many questions. Your OBGYN is an excellent resource for most pregnancy related questions. Our "Preparing for Baby" brochure will give you a quick checklist to prepare for your baby's birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website is another helpful resource for your prenatal questions.

New Arrival Booklet
Written by our staff -- given to new parents in the hospital or at their baby's first office visit -- this booklet is a great first resource to answer many of the most common questions about newborn care and feeding.

Our Website
Our website includes pediatric health related content written by our staff and Pediatric Web, as well as links to additional resources recommended by our staff. New parents find our website very helpful in answering a wide range of questions regarding newborn care and development. For non-urgent questions, we recommend parents check our website first before calling our Nurse Line. New parents will find the following pages of our website especially helpful:

Our Nurse Line
Our licensed, registered nurses are available during regular business hours to answer questions about newborn care, feeding and illness.  If you would like to speak with one of our nurses, please call our Patient Care Line at 303-699-6200 and select Option #2.

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