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Newborn Nursery

With over 15,000 deliveries a year, the newborn nursery at Parkland Memorial Hospital is one of the busiest in the country. Under the supervision of pediatric faculty from UT Southwestern, Pediatric Residents and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive care for both term and near-term infants from birth through discharge.

Clinical Care

  • We admit 45-50 infants a day and maintain an average daily census of ~90 infants.
  • Newborn care is supervised by board certified pediatricians.
  • All infants are cared for by a team of health care providers, including Pediatric Residents as well as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who are trained in the care of the newborn infant.
  • After a brief stay in the nursery, infants room-in with their mothers. This provides a nurturing environment for breastfeeding and helps facilitate bonding.
  • We are in close proximity to the Parkland Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); a level 3 unit with the ability to provide exceptional care to those newborns who require more intensive treatment and monitoring.
  • Immediate availability of pediatric subspecialists allow us to tailor our care to the specific needs of your infant.
  • Our practitioners will provide circumcisions prior to discharge upon request.
  • Follow-up is available for those infants at high-risk for common problems, including excessive weight loss, jaundice or difficulties breast-feeding.

Research and Education

  • Our pediatricians are on faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center, a highly regarded teaching and research institution, which boasts 4 Nobel laureates, 18 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 18 members of its Institute of Medicine.
  • The Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is a member of the NIH Neonatal Research Network since its inception in 1986.
  • The medical staff caring for your infant are leaders in education and promoting improved standards of care.

Family Centered Care

  • We offer breastfeeding specialists, including breastfeeding educators and board certified lactation consultants, to assist mothers with initiating breastfeeding and trouble shooting common problems.
  • Daily classes in English and Spanish help prepare new parents for caring for their newborn at home. Emphasis is placed on well-baby care and helpful hints for navigating the follow-up system.

 

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