Are you expecting a baby?
Please come and meet us and our staff at no cost to you before your baby is born. To schedule a prenatal meeting , please call 333-5900 and schedule an appointment.
Dr Bennuri sees babies at both , DCH and Northport hospitals. Dr Bennuri shares calls with other pediatricians, Dr Bennuri or one of the doctors in the call group will see the babies admitted under him.
Who will see the baby in nursery?
Dr Bennuri will see your baby on day one or day two after birth. Where he rounds on alternate days at DCH and Northport hospitals. He does not visit on weekends.
What about Breast feeding?
Human milk is tailored precisely for the growth and developmental needs of the human infant.
The advantages of breast feeding are:
- Protection against Infections: Incidence of such as diarrhea, respiratory and ear infections are less among the breast fed babies.
- Protection against allergies: The incidence of food allergies, eczema and asthma are lower in breast fed babies.
- Reflux: Breast is very well tolerated by babies, incidence of spitting up and reflux are much lower in breast fed babies.
- Enhance development and intelligence:Numerous studies have shown breast fed babies have higher IQ when they grow up.
- Breast feeding also benefits the mothers, breast feeding delays future pregnancy, there is evidence that breast feeding protects the mothers from breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian and endometrial cancer.
- Emotional Health At one month postpartum, women who breastfed their infants had scores indicating less anxiety than the women bottle feeding their infants.
- Decreased Osteoporosis The odds ratio that a woman with osteoporosis did not breastfeed her baby was four times higher than for a control woman.
- Promotes Postpartum Weight Loss Mothers who breastfed exclusively or partially had significantly larger reductions in hip circumference and were less above their pre-pregnancy weights at 1 month postpartum than mothers who fed formula exclusively.
We strongly support breast feeding and we will work with along with lactation consultants at both DCH and Northport hospitals.
For various reasons if you decide to bottle feed your baby, we will guide you in selecting the baby formula that suits your baby.
Should the Baby be circumcised?
If you have a boy, you'll need to decide whether to have him circumcised. It's a good idea to make a decision about circumcision ahead of time, so you don't have to struggle with it amid the fatigue and excitement following delivery.
Circumcision has been practiced as a religious rite for thousands of years. In the United States, most boys are circumcised for religious or social reasons. At present, there is controversy over whether circumcision is advisable from a medical standpoint. There are potential medical benefits to circumcision. Studies have concluded that circumcised infants have a slightly lower risk of urinary tract infections, although these are not common in boys and occur less often in circumcised boys mostly in the first year of life. Neonatal circumcision also provides some protection from penile cancer, a very rare condition.
Some research also suggests a reduced likelihood of developing sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infections in circumcised men, and possibly a reduced risk for cervical cancer in female partners of circumcised men. However, while there are potential medical benefits, these data are not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision.
Circumcision does, however, pose certain risks, such as infection and bleeding. Although the evidence also is clear that infants experience pain, there are several safe and effective ways to reduce the pain. If the baby is born prematurely, has an illness at birth, or has congenital abnormalities or blood problems, he should not be circumcised immediately. For example, if a condition called hypospadias is present, in which the infantâ€™s urinary opening has not formed normally, your doctor will probably recommend that your baby boy not be circumcised at birth. In fact, circumcision should be performed only on stable, healthy infants.
At birth, most boys have skin that completely covers, or almost covers, the end of the penis. Circumcision removes some of this foreskin so that the tip of the penis (glans) and the opening of the urethra, through which the baby urinates, are exposed to air. Routine circumcisions are performed in the hospital within a few days of birth. When done by an experienced physician, circumcision takes only a few minutes and is rarely complicated. After consultation with you, your doctor will provide local anesthesia to reduce the pain the baby experiences during the procedure; the doctor should inform you in advance about the type of anesthesia she recommends.
We have 24 hours answering service.
- We have contracted with PHIL ( Pediatric Health Information Line, Children’s hospital, Birmingham). A well trained pediatric nurse will address your concerns, also there is a doctor on call 24 hours a day. If the pediatric nurse has any questions, she will contact the doctor on call. The doctor on call will see patients for two hours on most weekends.
- When you call after hours, the calls are automatically forwarded to the answering service. Who will fax your question/concern to a nurse at PHIL who will call you back as soon as possible to address your concerns.
- Please note Dr Bennuri answers all phone calls from 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM on weekdays, after 9.00 onwards and on weekends PHIL nurse will answer your call.
Please unblock your call ID on your phone, to receive the call from the doctor/ PHIL nurse.