Newborn Nursery/
Healthy Newborn Care 

Overview

Healthy newborns born at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health are cared for in the 50-bed Well Baby Nurseries on the seventh floor (Central and North) of the Greenberg Pavilion.

Patient care is provided by attending pediatricians, pediatric residents, pediatric nurse practitioners, mother-baby nurses, and lactation consultants. Complete care of the term and near-term newborn from delivery through discharge, including anticipatory guidance for the parent, is the focus of the nursery team. Some important patient care issues that are addressed in the nursery are:

  • complete physical examination of infants upon admission to the nursery and again on the day of discharge
  • assessment and management of breastfeeding mothers and their infants
  • daily assessment of infants by attending pediatrician with nursery team
  • management of infants with common problems such as weight loss, jaundice, and breastfeeding issues
  • performance of mandated New York State screening tests for all infants
  • administration of the CDC recommended birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine

Family-Centered Care

The nursery staff is dedicated to providing outstanding family-centered care. One nurse is typically assigned to care for both mother and newborn in order to provide the highest quality of care. We encourage non-separation of mothers and babies in order to promote bonding, parenting skills, and successful breastfeeding. Our goal is to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to each family’s individual preferences, needs, and values. Parents may also have their baby cared for in the nursery at any time.

Bedside Rounds

An important part of this model is bedside rounds. Many caregivers are involved in each patient’s care. It is important that all of these caregivers share information amongst themselves and with the parents in order to work effectively as a team. This sharing takes place during bedside rounds. During bedside rounds, the nursery team will:

  • discuss newborn’s status
  • perform newborn physical exam
  • listen to parental concerns
  • answer parents’ questions and provide anticipatory guidance
  • involve parents in decision-making process related to newborn care
  • teach other members of the team about issues related to newborn care

Breastfeeding Instruction

Breastfeeding is encouraged for all infants unless mothers are advised otherwise. Members of the nursery staff, including post-partum nurses, lactation consultants, and pediatricians, are available to assist with breastfeeding skills. Breastfeeding classes led by a certified lactation consultant are given daily from Sunday to Friday to all interested mothers. Infant care and parenting skills are emphasized throughout the Hospital stay for mother and infant. Experienced pediatricians and nursing staff are available 24 hours a day to teach mothers and their partners about caring for themselves and their infants. Each parent receives a booklet with information about infant and post-partum care upon admission. In addition, infant care educational classes for parents are held daily from Sunday through Friday.

Newborn Security

Newborn security is of utmost importance to the nursery staff at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health. Mothers and their partners are given identification bracelets that match their infant’s bracelet. In addition, a security transmitter is placed on the infant at the time of admission and remains in place until discharge.

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Division of Newborn Medicine
525 East 68th Street, N-506
New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 746-3530
Fax: (212) 746-8608