• Erythromycin eye ointment
  • Vitamin K
  • Baby's first bath
  • Breast or bottle feeding
  •  Vaccinations
  • Circumcision
  • Co-Sleeping
  • Any of the screenings listed to the left




To do or not to do...that is the question!

Delayed cord clamping

Newborn Screenings

You and your baby will not be separated until you are ready unless absolutely necessary.  Immediate skin to skin allows your baby to adjust to the outside world on the most familiar place...you.  Skin to skin also helps with breastfeeding.   I delay any exams until you are ready to go to the bathroom the first time or at your request.  Read more about your baby's Magical Hour here.

We do not offer but are happy to discuss these options with you and refer you to a provider if it is the right choice for you and your baby.

  • Vaccinations
  • Circumcisions

I offer all newborn screenings required by MontanaThese are completed at your first postpartum visit at 24-48 hour                                                                                 

  • Newborn Metabolic Screen or PKU is a blood test that looks for genetic or metabolic disorders that can affect baby's development. 
  • Newborn Hearing Screen is a small probe placed in baby's ear to screen early for hearing loss. 
  • Critical Congenital Heart Defect screening uses a pulse oximeter to screen for  heart defects that can cause serious health consequences if undetected and untreated.

Immediate skin-to-skin

Delayed cord clamping is part of our care.  This allows baby to establish breathing while still receiving oxygen from the placenta.  It also allows the baby to receive up to 1/3 of their blood that remains in the placenta.  This increases their blood volume, hemoglobin and iron reserves. 


Gentle Beginnings Midwife