The health of your baby is our number one concern. We encourage you to spend time with your newborn in your hospital room to ensure early bonding with your baby. You can have your baby in the room with you as much, or as little, as you choose. If your newborn needs extra care or observation after delivery, Main Line Health provides extensive neonatal and infant care services to meet your newborn’s needs, including:
Neonatal intensive care units
Most problems of the premature or full term, high risk newborn are temporary and correctable. Often babies just need time to develop immature body systems or overcome an illness.
For both, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at each Main Line Health hospital location provides intense monitoring and a daily regimen of care to help your baby. Nemours duPont Pediatric neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners staff select Main Line Health hospitals 24/7. Our highly skilled NICU teams ensure that your baby gets the care he or she needs.
Each year our four NICU’s care for hundreds of babies who are premature, or of small or low birth rate, have medical problems such as, immature lungs or a multitude of issues. We provide different levels of care at each of our Main Line Health hospitals.
A collaboration to provide top-quality neonatal care
A dedicated team of highly skilled neonatal and pediatric specialists from Nemours duPont Pediatrics are on-site and available around the clock to come see your baby during his/her NICU stay. Our team of neonatologists works with critical care pediatric specialists to care for critically ill newborns, newborns requiring surgery or more intensive specialized treatments, or children with birth defects (congenital anomalies).
Our team will keep you fully informed—explaining your baby’s diagnosis and treatment in understandable terms, discussing any treatment options you might have, and inviting your family’s input for creating the treatment plan most appropriate for your baby.
We fully recognize that you, the family, play an important role in the care and healing process of your baby. We want you to be an active participant in the decision-making process. Our physicians and nurses will work hard to build a strong partnership with you for your baby’s care. And we’ll keep your primary care pediatrician fully up-to-date.
Infant and pediatric specialty care
Main Line Health collaborates with Nemours duPont Pediatrics for both neonatal and pediatric specialty care. In addition to neonatal staffing at Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Paoli Hospital, specially staffed pediatric emergency service is available at Bryn Mawr Hospital. And every Main Line Health hospital has access to Nemours Kids Transport, an emergency transport system designed to safely transport children when the advanced pediatric services of a children’s hospital are required. Bryn Mawr Hospital and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children have collaborated to provide exceptional healthcare for children, close to home. At Bryn Mawr Hospital, our Inpatient Pediatric Unit, your child will receive 24-hour care and monitoring by specialty trained pediatric professionals. When more specialized care is required, your team of specialists has immediate access to care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. For ongoing specialty care, a full range of pediatric sub-specialists are conveniently located at Main Line Health Center in Newtown Square and Bryn Mawr Medical Arts Pavilion outpatient locations.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, named one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is ranked in all 10 surveyed specialties including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology (GI) and GI surgery, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is one of only 20 children’s hospitals in the nation ranked in all 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report 2014–15.
Selecting a pediatrician
Main Line Health offers more than 100 pediatricians to choose from. When making your choice, do your homework. We recommend talking to family, friends and colleagues. Take into consideration office locations convenient to home or work, physician availability, experience and philosophy of care.
Ongoing pediatric care
You should choose a pediatrician for your baby during your pregnancy so he or she can visit you and your baby in the hospital. Make an appointment with your pediatrician within a couple of days after you arrive home. You will want to ensure your baby’s overall health and prevent the possibility of severe jaundice.
Lactation and breastfeeding support
In addition to prenatal breastfeeding classes, lactation support staff is available on each hospital maternity unit and for consultation and support once you are home. Main Line Health physicians encourage moms to breastfeed because research shows it has numerous health benefits over formula. Learn more about breastfeeding services at Main Line Health.
Your post-partum care
Your OB/GYN and maternity nursing staff will provide you with specific post-partum care instructions before you leave the hospital. Be sure to make an appointment with your physician in the timeframe that is recommended. If you have concerns or questions about your health or recovery after you are home, call your OB/GYN physician.
Your emotional wellness
Welcoming a new baby is a life-changing experience, and we are aware of the many physical and emotional needs you may have both during and following childbirth. As part of a national initiative to assist new parents in meeting their physical and emotional needs during childbirth, Main Line Health administers the Edinburgh Post-Natal Depression screen to moms during their postpartum stay. This 10-question screen approximately five minutes to complete and indicates the possible risk of depression. Hospital social workers work with nursing to assist moms in this process to provide resources and emotional support.
Emotional difficulties during pregnancy and in the postpartum period are generally temporary and very treatable with professional assistance. Asking for help is the first step in feeling better. There is support for you and your family. The Women’s Emotional Wellness Center (WEWC) provides outpatient mental health treatment and psychiatric services to woman and their families. WEWC specializes in the period before, during and after pregnancy but also accepts individuals—including fathers, grandparents and other caregivers—for services and accepts most commercial insurance plans and Medicare.
Common issues addressed at WEWC include:
- Depression, anxiety and adjustment to life’s stressors
- Marital difficulties
- Depression and anxiety during pregnancy
- Postpartum depression, anxiety and adjustment issues
- Unexpected medical outcomes
- Neonatal Intensive Care hospitalizations
- Special health care needs
- Adoption issues