Methodist Hospitals helps new moms and babies get off to a great start

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Neonatal exam: While his mother, Tashay Riley (left) looks on, young Ca’marion Riley is examined by Methodist Hospitals neonatal registered nurse, Theresa Hendrickson. | Supplied photo

A new baby is among life’s greatest joys. The miracle of birth happens at Methodist Hospitals everyday.

As a result, the hospital’s remarkable Women and Children Services professionals know exactly how to make this special time safe and comforting for mothers, babies and their families. They work as a team to provide expert care, including pre-natal, perinatal and high-risk neonatal services.

“A long time ago, we made it our mission to deliver the absolute best possible care for mother and baby,” said Doreen Norris-Stojak, Director, Women and Children Services. “To accomplish that, Methodist Hospitals has continued to invest in facilities, equipment and expertise to care for women during high-risk pregnancies, and operates Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Advanced Obstetrical Services (AOS) for high-risk pregnancies

Pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, or other developments can cause a pregnancy to be classified as high-risk.

Methodist’s team of AOS specialists coordinates care with the patient’s obstetrician or primary care physician to ensure a healthy pregnancy and successful delivery. That team includes board certified maternal-fetal medicine physicians, a clinical geneticist and ultrasonographers experienced in fetal imaging.

Throughout the high-risk pregnancy, screenings and tests are performed to monitor the health of the mother and unborn baby. Methodist follows rigorous American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology guidelines when performing screenings crucial for detecting certain neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, and chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome.

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)

Methodist has assembled the region’s most experienced NICU staff, which cares for babies of all gestational ages — even babies born prematurely at just 24 weeks. Since 1988, these dedication professionals have treated more than 9,000 premature babies.

In fact, many newborns with complex issues, such as respiratory distress and prematurity often come to Methodist from other area hospitals.

If you deliver elsewhere and your baby must be transferred to Methodist, the Region’s first specialized neonatal transport team ensures that babies coming to the Methodist NICU receive the special care they need.

“Having a baby in the NICU is often unexpected and usually overwhelming for most families,” said Norris-Stojak. “Our staff is dedicated to delivering the very best, around-the-clock care to these vulnerable babies and their families.”

Methodist Hospitals not only cares about for precious infants while they are NICU patients, the hospital also cares for them after discharge.

At the hospital’s monthly Neonatal Development Clinic, a neonatologist, a NICU nurse and a physical therapist work together to assess these children’s development and provide physical therapy.

Services benefit all pregnancies and births

“Yes, we are experts in caring for expectant mothers during high-risk pregnancies and vulnerable infants in our NICU,” Norris-Stojak said. “But we are also experts who are dedicated to care for all expectant mothers and infants.”

Methodist Hospitals provides comprehensive prenatal care and educational programs, including childbirth education classes, lactation counseling and new mother discharge classes, safe, secure and comfortable labor and delivery suites and secure well baby nurseries.

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