Maternal and Newborn Center
Departmental Scope of Services
Maternal and Newborn Center staff provide care to the laboring patient, as well as assisting with stabilization and care of the high risk newborn. Support staff includes unit secretaries in both labor and delivery and the mother/baby unit. Scrub techs function in the OR, assisting with deliveries and providing care on the mother/baby Unit. Lactation services are coordinated by the IBCLC staff member. The unit has both pediatric and obstetric hospitalists who provide 24-hour coverage for all patients.
Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery is a unit that provides inpatient services and outpatient evaluations for pregnant women. It is composed of a 2-bed triage area, 4 labor and delivery rooms and a surgical suite.
The mother/baby unit is a 12-bed unit that provides ongoing care to mom and baby, as well as pregnant patients requiring inpatient care. Additionally, the unit has a newborn nursery area for assessment and ongoing care of high risk newborns.
The Maternal and Newborn Center is designated as a Level I facility that provides care for women whose pregnancies are 35 weeks and beyond. The department is capable of providing care for all gestational ages and clinical conditions in the mother, as well as stabilizing for transport the premature infant. The unit has approximately 800 births a year.
Our unit follows the recommended staffing guidelines identified by AWHONN and ACOG. All nursing staff maintain certifications in BLS, ACLS, NRP, Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring and STABLE. Additionally, we provide simulation training to maintain clinical practice and teamwork. Our staff holds daily huddles to ensure safe care and communication among all team members.
The Maternal and Newborn Unit participates in the annual March of Dimes fundraising activities.