Transitioning Newborns from NICU to Home

Appendix A: Family Information Packet


Getting Care

Understanding Signs and Symptoms of Illness

Medicines and Immunizations

Managing Breathing Problems

Newborn Feeding

Getting Care

Tips for Finding a Pediatrician

  • Your family will need to visit a pediatrician within the first week after leaving the hospital.
  • Plan ahead to avoid the pressure and frustration of finding a pediatrician right before your baby is discharged from the hospital.
  • Ask your Health Coach or social worker if you need help finding a doctor for your baby.
  • Decide whether the pediatrician's office needs to be close to your home, job, or day care.
  • Call the pediatrician's office to ask if they accept your current health insurance and if they are accepting new patients.
  • Ask the pediatrician's office what your co-payment and responsibilities are.
  • Ask the pediatrician's office which doctor your baby will see at every visit.
  • Ask the pediatrician's office if a doctor is on-call 24 hours a day for emergencies.

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Tips About Health Insurance

Your baby will need to visit the doctor regularly after birth.

You have only 30 days to add your newborn to your insurance plan. Call your current insurance company as soon as possible to add your newborn.

Ask your social worker if you qualify for Medicaid, and apply while your baby is still in the hospital.

Ask about Children's Medicaid (CHIP), Project Medical Home, and other low-cost health care benefits if you do not qualify for Medicaid.

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Page last reviewed December 2013
Page originally created December 2013
Internet Citation: Appendix A: Family Information Packet. Content last reviewed December 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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