Going Home

After 24/7 care, you may be nervous to take your newborn home. We are here to support you during your stay and after you go home.

Follow-up Weight Checks

Before you leave, we will schedule a follow-up check for your baby in the OB department. This check usually occurs two days after you go home. It is common for your newborn to lose a few ounces in the first days of life. At the follow-up check, we will weigh your baby, check for symptoms of jaundice and help you with any breastfeeding issues you may be facing.

Home Visits

Before you leave Winneshiek Medical Center, a representative from a local organization, HAWC Partnerships for Children, will stop in to introduce herself to you. If you want, a HAWC representative will visit you at home during the first few weeks with your newborn. This service is free of charge to families.

Safe Sleeping

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all healthy infants sleep on their backs the first 6 months of life. Studies have shown sleeping on the back reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the sudden unexplained death of a healthy infant. Thousands of babies die each year from SIDS. Typically, a baby dies from SIDS while sleeping. The AAP started recommending that babies sleep on their backs in 1992. Eighty percent of parents now follow this advice and there has been a 40% drop in the rate of SIDS.

At Winneshiek Medical Center, every newborn is swaddled in a HALO® SleepSack®.  The sleep sack is a wearable blanket developed to protect newborns by eliminating the need for loose blankets in the crib, which has been linked to an increased risk for SIDS.   Specially trained OB nurses swaddle newborns in the sleep sacks to model correct sleeping practices for new families.

The Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation provides a complementary HALO® SleepSack® for each family, and the HALO® SleepSack® is available for purchase in the Winneshiek Medical Center Gift Shop.

Breastfeeding Support

If you have chosen to breastfeed you baby, congratulations! You are giving him the best start to life! Winneshiek Medical Center has a certified lactation consultant and counselors on staff to support you and your newborn as you learn how to successfully breastfeed. Breastfeeding help.