Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Perinatal Bereavement Services is a program of
Crouse Hospital designed to support parents and families
who have experienced the loss of a baby due to an ectopic
pregnancy, miscarriage, therapeutic termination, stillbirth
or neonatal death.
Because grieving is a normal response to the death of a
loved one, our program supports each family's grief
process. When a baby dies, the family may also mourn the
loss of their hopes and dreams, and of their lifetime with
that child. Caring, supportive hospital staff can help a
family through the initial shock and crisis. This is the
beginning of adjusting to life without your baby.
For more information about referral options, remembrance
activities for families or any questions, please contact
Janet Press, CNS, MSN, CT, RNC, Perinatal Bereavement
Services Coordinator, at 315/470-7372 or Kathy Gorzka at
the Perinatal Bereavement Services office at 315/470-2769.
You may also visit the Central New
York Perinatal and Infant Bereavement Network website.
Your Baby's Healthcare Provider:
It's important for you to choose a pediatrician to care for
your baby. Pediatricians provide preventive care to healthy
children and medical care to children with illnesses. If
you are looking for a Crouse pediatrician, please visit
Completion of the Birth Certificate:
A birth certificate is an important legal document that
will be needed many times during your child's life. The
Birth Registrar will contact you during your hospital stay
to fill out the birth certificate. Be mindful that specific
information, such as name, social security number, and
address may be required.
Whether or Not to Circumcise Your Baby:
Newborn male circumsion is an elective surgical procedure
that is performed only by request. You will be asked if you
are interested in circumcision for your son.
Analgesia has been found to be safe and effective in
reducing pain associated with circumcision. Options for
analgesia/anesthesia are available and include sucrose
nipple anesthetic cream and injected local anesthesia.
Please discuss these options with your healthcare provider.
Security and Safety:
All Kienzle Family Maternity Center staff wear picture ID badges with pink stripes. Never allow anyone without this proper ID badge to take your baby away from you.
All babies receive a security band (HUGS tag). This tag remains on your baby throughout your hospital stay and is removed prior to discharge. Do not attempt to remove this band yourself. If it becomes loose or falls off, please notify your nurse. Avoid walking with your baby around stairwells or elevators as the alarm may go off.
While you are in the hospital, we provide you with a sleep sack, called a "Halo," which contributes to a safe sleep environment. In addition, your baby should sleep alone, on his/her back, with the head of the crib flat and nothing in the crib. Continue these safe sleep practices with your baby at home.
When walking with your baby in the hallways, the baby must be in the bassinet. The bassinet should be in the flat position.
Newborn Screening Tests:
Every newborn baby has newborn screening tests to identify if your baby is at risk for rare, but serious, medical conditions. These simple blood tests ensure your baby's body can break down and use food necessary for health grown. Early detection is key to early treatment. Results will be sent to your pediatrician. For more information, please refer to the pink paper given to you or visit the Department of Health Wadsworth Center website.
Every baby has oxygen levels checked after they are 24-hours-old, which screens for some cardiac diseases. All newborns will have their hearing tested prior to discharge. Some babies will also have eye exams. Results are available at the conclusion of the test.
Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of newborn baby skin from high levels of a pigment called bilirubin. Bilichek is a non-invasive way to measure jaundice. The nurse or doctor will share the results of these tests with you.
A Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended at birth for all healthy infants. You will be provided with a vaccination information sheet. We can also explain immunization options for other family members and caregivers.