From Hospital Nursery to Home
A guide for parents and caregivers
We recognise the important role parents play in all aspects of their child’s care. In the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s neonatal nurseries we encourage and welcome you to be an integral part of your baby’s care team.
To help you when you leave hospital with your baby and settle back at home, we have developed a number of resources to help you and your baby with what can be a challenging time.
Discharge from hospital
We aim for discharge home from around 34-37 weeks (corrected) once your baby is medically cleared/stable to do so which is dependent on your babies transition pathway to home.
There are a range of resources that are available to you, to allow you to undertake this education at your own pace.
Education sessions for parents
Face-to-face sessions are held at 1pm every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday in our Special Care Baby Unit 2 nursery.
We provide an information pack with lots of links to useful websites and iPads are available during the sessions to access these sites.
This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about caring for your baby when they leave hospital.
There’s a lot to think about when you go home with your baby here’s a handy checklist of essential information and important skills and tasks to help you care for your baby, with links for more information.
Please ask your care team if you have questions about anything on the checklist.
- Hepatitis B vaccine (birth to 7 days)
- Hand hygiene / Infection control techniques
- Skin- to-skin contact
- Reading to your baby
- Additional breastfeeding resources
- Global Health Media videos
- Australian Breastfeeding Association website and telephone helpline
- Bathing your baby
- Settling your baby
- Safe sleeping
- Travelling safely with your baby
- Understanding signs and symptoms of illness (When to contact a doctor)
- Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and choking management
- My baby’s Health and Development Record (The ‘Blue Book’)
- Health Checks for Babies
- National Immunisation Program
- Provide my GP’s details to my midwife/nurse
- Your baby’s development
Please speak with nursing/midwifery staff about:
– Gavage feeding and the Neonatal Early Discharge Program.
– Completing your baby’s name change form
– Your baby’s discharge medication