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Postpartum care for birth center clients and infants.
F.S. 383.318
383.318 Postpartum care for birth center clients and infants.
(1) A mother and her infant shall be dismissed from the birth center within 24 hours after the birth of the infant, except in unusual circumstances as defined by rule of the agency. If a mother or infant is retained at the birth center for more than 24 hours after the birth, a report shall be filed with the agency within 48 hours of the birth describing the circumstances and the reasons for the decision.
(2) A prophylactic shall be instilled in the eyes of each newborn in accordance with s. 383.04.
(3) The birth center shall provide a postpartum evaluation and followup care that includes all of the following:
(a) Physical examination of the infant.
(b) Metabolic screening tests required by s. 383.14.
(c) Referral to sources for pediatric care.
(d) Maternal postpartum assessment that incorporates mental health screening.
(e) Information on postpartum depression and the telephone number of the Family Health Line operated pursuant to s. 383.011.
(f) Instruction in child care, including immunization, breastfeeding, safe sleep practices, and possible causes of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.
(g) Family planning services.
(h) Referral to secondary or tertiary care, as indicated. 17, 27, ch. 84-283; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 5, ch. 94-217; s. 14, ch. 98-171; s. 2, ch. 2013-62; s. 3, ch. 2018-98.