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After the Baby Arrives

Couplet Care

After delivery, you will be moved to private room with a comfortable bed. A nurse will take over care for both you and your baby. This is called “couplet care,” and it ensures that your needs will be met.

Birth Certificates and Social Security

The official legal record of birth of your baby is the State of California, Certificate of Live Birth. While in the hospital, you will need to complete and sign your baby’s birth certificate. If you are discharged before signing the legal copy, please return to the hospital Medical Record Department to sign before your baby is 10 days old. By law, the hospital must register the birth with the Sutter County Health Department within ten (10) days.

You may obtain a certified copy of the Birth Certificate at the Sutter County Health Department approximately two (2) weeks after your baby is born. There is a fee for each certified copy requested.

You may also apply for a Social Security Card for your baby at the same time you provide information for the birth certificate, or you may apply at a later date at the Social Security office.

Mother-Baby Unit

Soon after the baby is born, you will be moved to a spacious, private room that is equipped with flat-screen television, telephone, sleeper couch and comfortable accommodations.

Occasionally, a baby will require extra care after birth and stay in the hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This unit is located next to the Maternity unit so parents can be near their babies.

A Helping Hand

The nurses on the maternity unit are flexible and helpful, and will make all accommodations to ensure that mothers and babies are as comfortable as possible. During the hospital stay, the nursing staff provides individual instruction on baby care as needed.

The nurses are also very supportive with breastfeeding, and the staff will help new mothers. They will encourage you to ask questions and will help you with breastfeeding tips and instruction. They truly want you to be successful and they understand that you may have questions.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Most babies born at the Women and Infants Center at Fremont Memorial Hospital, arrive healthy without any complications. Should something critical happen, however, it’s comforting to know that our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers comprehensive technology with compassionate patient care. We offer a Level II regional NICU.

Our NICU offers complete diagnostic and treatment services for sick infants. Our NICU has a dedicated health professionals who will provide the highest quality care for all newborns, healthy ones as well as those who are sick or premature.

We are well equipped to stabilize your baby and to transport to other healthcare facilities with a Level III NICU, if it becomes necessary.