After Delivery

Birth Certificates

MarinHealth Medical Center will prepare your baby’s birth certificate and send it to the State Vital Records Department in order to register your child. You can provide the hospital with your information in advance by filling out a birth certificate worksheet. Learn more about birth certificates.

Getting a Good Start on Breastfeeding

We heartily support breastfeeding for the health of both mother and baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of complementary foods until at least 12 months of age.

If a woman chooses not to breastfeed that long, it’s still a good idea to nurse for the first six months because:

  • Breast milk is the ideal first baby food. It provides balanced nutrition and strengthens the bond between mother and baby.
  • Breastfeeding provides an infant with maternal antibodies that strengthen the immune system. Studies show breastfeeding may help protect a baby against common illnesses such as diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia, as well as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), juvenile diabetes, and childhood cancers.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect women against breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis.
  • Mothers who breastfeed and return to work take fewer sick days, and are often more productive and happier with their work situation.
  • Learn more about how to safely store breast milk at home.

New moms can get help with breastfeeding, seven days a week, from MarinHealth Medical Center’s Lactation Services, which is staffed with certified lactation consultants who are also registered nurses and certified nurse midwives. They use education, counseling, and support to help women ease into breastfeeding and infant care.

Support & Supplies

The BabyNook at MarinHealth Medical Center offers competitively priced pumps, nursing bras, bustiers, and pillows. What’s more, BabyNook staff offer expert bra fittings to help women select nursing bras. All proceeds from the BabyNook Store are used to support Pregnancy & Childbirth initiatives at the Medical Center.

Classes & Support Groups

New babies bring a lot of changes, and not just the diaper kind! MarinHealth offers a variety of classes on childbirth preparation, infant care, child and infant CPR, and more.