Many parents-to-be dream of the day they bring their little one home from the hospital. But some babies aren’t ready to go home right away. Whether it is because they are multiples, they were born early, or they are recovering from complications or illness, some babies need special care.
And because the nursery at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Women and Newborns Center has the region’s only Level IIB neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), babies can get that special care close to home.
An Especially Caring Special Care Staff
The NICU staff is dedicated to the care of you and your family. All of our nurses have chosen to specialize in neonatal intensive care and participate in continuing education to stay up-to-date with their ever-changing specialty. Many of them are also independently certified at the national level. It is comforting to know that your baby always has a caring expert within arm’s reach.
Our staff has deep roots in the Southern Maryland community. Our nurses have been trained at the finest pediatric hospitals in the region, and they choose to bring that expertise back to the families at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Many patients form close relationships with the NICU staff, and nothing makes us happier than to see the pictures of smiling, healthy infants and toddlers who we cared for months or years earlier.
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is proud to partner with Pediatrix medical group to provide expert perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric medical care seven days a week. This means that each baby’s condition will be closely monitored throughout their stay. Parents can speak with a doctor at any time, day or night.
We’re With You and Your Baby
Our NICU staff recognizes that parents are a key part of each newborn’s care team. Parents are encouraged to visit their babies day and night. They can sit and hold their baby, bring their families to view the newest member, and talk with their baby’s nurse at length. Even siblings can visit for short periods and leave hand-drawn pictures for their baby brother or sister. Parents are encouraged to call the NICU any time for an update from their baby’s nurse.
Whenever possible, we coordinate the parents’ visits with the baby’s care schedule. We encourage the parents to participate in the plan of care for their baby. We want parents to have every opportunity to get comfortable with caring for their little one before they take the baby home.
We encourage all mothers to provide breast milk for their newborns. Preterm and special care newborns can especially benefit from breast milk. Our nurses are trained in breastfeeding support, so there is always a friendly face waiting to help. Board-certified lactation consultants are also available to meet with our new mothers. Hospital-grade breast pumps are available for use in the hospital to protect your milk supply. Breast milk collected here and at home will be carefully labeled and stored in our breast milk refrigerator/freezer so your milk will be available as soon as your baby is ready.
The Latest in Technology and Safety
We are committed to a process of continuous improvement. We are constantly upgrading components of the NICU’s equipment to ensure the highest level of care for our community’s smallest members. We also participate in a statewide neonatal collaborative, one of twelve hospitals that have banded together to focus on improving outcomes for high-risk babies.