Cook Children's Newborn Center
You've got questions? We've got answers. Babies don't come with an operating manual. But don't worry! Cook Children's pediatricians can answer any question you have and then some. Begin your journey here and explore the many articles presented by our experts in newborn care.
New parent checklist
Your guide to all things newborn
What you need to know about pregnancy, including good habits for your health and your baby's health.
Preparing for parenthood
We've chosen articles on the topics parents ask about the most. And we've put them in the order that they're usually asked.
Find everything from where to have your baby, what to expect during labor and your baby's first moments.
Hello parenthood! Your bundle of joy has arrived, and so have about a million questions, but where to start?
Helpful resources to print and share
From checklists to newborn development charts, and everything in between, you'll find helpful resources here. And check back often because we're always adding more.
- Mom's hospital bag
- Dad's bag - packing for the hospital
- Taking your newborn home
- The baby book
- Health care notebook
- Developmental milestones
- Pediatricians interview questions
- FREE newborn classes
- Billing and Insurance Information
IMPORTANT QUESTION: When should I enroll my newborn?
Many people assume that they have lots of time after their baby is born to enroll them on their health insurance plan. This isn't the case. For the health of your baby and to make sure unexpected charges don't hit your budget, be sure to enroll your baby as soon as possible after the baby's birth.
Most insurance plans automatically cover newborns as an extension of the mother's insurance for a limited number of days beginning from birth, typically 30 days. However, this varies by insurance provider (it can be anywhere from 24 hours to 31 days) so it's best to enroll your baby right away. If you miss the baby's enrollment period you won't be able to cover your baby until your insurance provider's next open enrollment date.
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