Newborn & Infant Care
“Congratulations!” and “How lucky can you get?” is what you will hear from Dr. Whittaker when your new baby arrives. There’s nothing quite as sweet (or as overwhelming) as welcoming a new addition to your family, but Dr. Whittaker has “been there” both personally and professionally for over 25 years, so he can help with your questions or concerns.
Dr. Whittaker makes hospital visits to cover newborn deliveries at Providence Newberg Medical Center in Newberg and Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. Dr. Whittaker will see you and your baby within 24 hours of delivery, more frequently if your child’s condition requires it. Please be advised that if Dr. Whittaker is unavailable to see your newborn baby, a pediatrician covering call will be available. You may ask more specific details at your Meet & Greet appointment.
In his office, Dr. Whittaker offers the following newborn procedures for his youngest patients:
- Circumcision – Removal of foreskin from penis.
- Frenotomy – Release of tethered oral tissues that may be impacting breastfeeding. Frenotomy is considered for infants having trouble establishing breastfeeding, not gaining weight, or whose mothers are experiencing more than typical pain during breastfeeding.
- Metabolic Screening – Metabolic Screening is a State Recommended blood test that checks for specific and relatively rare metabolic, enzymatic, genetic, and hormonal conditions. If caught early, before symptoms are apparent, these can be easily treated to avoid life-threatening or harmful conditions.
Phones are answered and office is open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.
After Hours: For urgent medical needs after-hours, please call the office at 503-554-0036 and follow the prompts to be connected to our Physicians Answering Service. Voicemail messages left after-hours at that number will be returned early the next business day.