When your baby is born, you will start taking him to see a primary care provider (a health professional who provides day-to-day health care and advice) for his health care. Your primary care provider can be a paediatrician, family doctor, nurse or midwife. As your child grows and develops, you’ll likely turn to your child’s primary care provider – with questions or concerns.
Circumcision of baby boys is an optional surgical procedure to remove the layer of skin (called the foreskin or the prepuce) that covers the head (glans) of the penis. It is most often done during the first few days after birth. Parents who decide to circumcise their newborn boys often do so for religious, social or cultural reasons. If you are trying to make a decision about circumcision, talk to your baby’s health care provider.
Healthy, full-term babies (at least 37 weeks’ gestation) can usually go home from the hospital sometime between 24 and 48 hours after birth. Some late preterm babies (born between 34 and 36 weeks’ gestation) may be healthy enough to go home after a short stay (at least 48 hours) as well.
Babies born by Caesarean section (and their mothers) or babies who have health complications usually stay in the hospital a bit longer.