Are You Expecting?

Congratulations!

Having a baby is one of the most amazing experiences of a lifetime. Lone Star Pediatrics would like to welcome you to the journey of parenting and we hope to partner with you throughout your child's physical and developmental milestones.

Choosing a Medical Home:

Our physicians and nurse practitioners are each board certified in pediatrics. Please visit their profiles to learn more about each of our Lone Star Pediatric providers.

We encourage you to come meet the providers of Lone Star Pediatrics at our monthly group prenatal meetings which are held on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 6:00 p.m. Call 833-7334 for a reservation and come meet Dr. Thorstad, Dr. Bernard and Nurse Practitioners Gwen Collmann and Jamie Dark.

When You Deliver:

When the happy day has arrived, the hospital staff will ask you which pediatrician you have chosen.  You may either say one of our pediatrician's individual names or simply say Lone Star Pediatrics. Please be certain they do not confuse Lone Star Pediatrics with Lone Star Circle of Care.  The hospital will notify Lone Star Pediatrics after you baby is born.

St. David's North Austin Medical Center: The hospitals will notify our doctors by phone after your baby is born. Each day you are in the hospital with your baby, one of our physicians will examine your baby, monitor for jaundice, discuss feeding, and follow any screening tests or other procedures which are performed in the hospital.

Deliveries at other hospitals: Babies delivered at hospitals other than the hospitals listed above are usually followed by local hospital pediatricians. On the day of discharge, you should be instructed on when your baby needs the first appointment (usually 1-3 days after discharge). Please call for your baby's first appointment at (512) 833-7334.

Your First Office Visit with Your Newborn:

Please make your first appointment with Lone Star Pediatrics 1-3 days after discharge from the hospital or as the discharge physician recommends.

Please bring the following to your first appointment:

  • Any paperwork from the hospital, including hearing screen results and immunization record
  • Any available insurance information (often only parents' insurance is available at this first visit)
  • Plenty of diapers and an extra set of clothes!
  • Please complete the new patient forms prior to your visit.

Vaccines for Parents and Caregivers:

There are many ways to protect your child from illness and disease. The most important is washing your hands. Washing with simple warm water and soap is the best way for you to prevent passing illnesses to your child.

Two vaccines are available for you as parents to protect your child from certain diseases. Ask any caretakers or others who may be in close contact with your child (including siblings and grandparents) to get these vaccines as well:

Tdap (tetanus with pertussis): The Tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is the bacteria which causes whooping cough. While many adults may have a mild disease, infants can have severe disease including apnea (not breathing). Most of us have not had a pertussis vaccine since childhood. Now that Tdap is available, adults can get a pertussis booster as short as two years after our last tetanus vaccine. Pediatricians are giving this booster to children ages 11 years and up. Obstetricians may be offering the vaccine in the office at pregnancy visits or in the hospital after your baby is delivered. Family practitioners and internists should have this vaccine available in their offices as well.

Flu Vaccine: Influenza can cause severe disease and hospitalization in infants, but babies cannot receive flu vaccine until at least 6 months of age. You can protect your newborn during the flu season by getting your flu vaccine (usually available early fall through late spring). Flu vaccine comes in two forms: inactivated vaccine (a shot) or live-attenuated vaccine (a nasal spray called Flumist). Pregnant and nursing mothers should not receive the live-attenuated (Flumist) vaccine. Most physicians' offices carry the flu vaccine. Some pharmacies also administer flu vaccines.

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