Newborn Medicine


Newborn Medicine is part of the UCSD Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health and provides family-centered care for newborns rooming in with their mothers on the Postpartum and Birth Center units at UC San Diego Health - Jacobs Medical Center. Working together with our obstetric care partners, nurses and ancillary staff, we have achieved high rates of exclusive breast feeding at discharge and have been recognized by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and United Nations Children's Fund as a "Baby-Friendly" birth facility.

Our team, consisting of general pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners, is dedicated to training the next generation of doctors in the appropriate management of well newborns. Residents and medical students from the UCSD School of Medicine learn about routine newborn care, breastfeeding, car seat safety, and a variety of newborn medical conditions. 

The Newborn Medicine team promotes a 'Baby Friendly' birthing environment which includes:

  1. Early and frequent skin-to-skin contact
  2. Breastfeeding on demand
  3. Delayed first bath (to protect against dryness & bacterial infections)
  4. Vitamin K, Erythromycin Eye Ointment and Hepatitis B vaccine while breastfeeding or skin-to-skin
  5. All routine care delivered at mother’s bedside including hearing test, heelstick for California Newborn Screen and daily examinations

To learn more about birthing options and newborn services at UC San Diego Health, please visit the UC San Diego Health website for Postpartum Care