Going Home


After your delivery, you will be given an information booklet to prepare for your discharge. This booklet contains detailed instructions to help you take care of yourself and your baby when you go home. The booklet includes warning signs, when to call your doctor, important newborn safety information, and an appointment schedule for yourself and the baby. Your nurse will review the guide with you before discharge and encourage you to ask questions.

There are several procedures and tests that will be performed before your baby goes home.
  • Hearing test This usually only takes a few minutes and is not painful. You will be informed of these results, and any need for follow-up.
  • When your baby is 24 hours old, a test called a Newborn Screen will be done. Blood will be taken from the baby's heel and sent to a state-approved lab for testing. You will be notified of results only if additional testing is required.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends prevention of Hepatitis B infection by a series of 3 vaccinations. The first injection will be given before discharge. You will be given an immunization record and schedule for further vaccinations.

A hospital representative will visit with you after the birth of your baby to obtain information for the birth certificate.

Please contact the Health Information Department if you have questions about the birth certificate. To receive a copy, contact the Wilkes County Register of Deeds, 500 Courthouse Drive, Suite 1000, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697. The phone number is (336) 651-7351.

You have the option of having your baby's picture taken and purchasing packages through the company. The package prices and additional information can by provided at your request.

For your baby's safety, North Carolina law requires that your baby be properly restrained in a car seat. The New Beginnings staff will ask that your car seat be brought to the department before discharge. They will assist you in checking your car seat for proper function and fit.

The length of your hospital stay is usually 1-2 days, depending on you and your newborns recovery. You may call the department (651-8285) and speak to a nurse if you have questions after you go home.

If you have questions about breastfeeding, please call 336-651-8547. 

Thank you for choosing Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center and New Beginnings Birthing Center for your "Special Delivery." We hope your stay was EXCELLENT.