Baby Care

Baby Care

After you've had your baby, you may have questions about how to care for him or her. Here are some common topics new moms have questions about.

Cord Blood

Cord blood is collected after the delivery of the baby. If you wish to be a donor to the cord blood bank, please contact the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center at (314) 268-2787 or 888-453-CORD (2673).

If you wish to collect and bank the cord blood privately, we will also assist you in the collection process after delivery of the baby. Private blood cord banking has ongoing costs, so pre-arrangement with the facility is required. Please inform the staff on admission of these arrangements.

Feeding

Only you can decide the best way to feed your baby. Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, we have several helpful suggestions to give your baby the best start at life.

​Circumcision

​A circumcision is an operation that removes the foreskin, the fold of skin covering the tip of the penis. If you choose to have this procedure performed for your son, a physician can perform the circumcision while you and your baby are still in the hospital. ​

Your baby is not required to have a circumcision, it is up to you and your partner.

Onsite Neonatology

If your baby requires specialized care, Onsite Neonatology is here 24/7. We provide the special care your baby might need, close to home.

Newborn Screenings

We will screen for:

  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Galactosemia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Cystic fibrosis

We will also screen for many other metabolic diseases as required by the state of Illinois. In addition, all babies will have their hearing tested using the latest technology.

​​Car Seat Installation

From making sure your baby is properly secured in their car seat when you leave the hospital to making sure the car seat base is installed properly in your car, Memorial makes sure you have access to the resources you need to protect your baby.

New Baby Photos

Memorial wants you to have lasting memories of your baby's first moments. Our photographer offers the opportunity for your baby to have his or her first photo session right at Memorial.