Certified Excellence in Mother and Baby Care

By Lisa Nickchen, Editorial Contributor

Choosing where to have your baby is an important decision,  whether it’s your first or fourth child.

“When it’s time to have your baby, you want everything to go as planned — no surprises,” says Lorraine Parker, MSN, patient care administrator at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. “But if the unexpected does happen, you want to know that you have teams nearby with the experience and skill to handle any complications and provide expert, compassionate care for both mom and baby.”

Certification from the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in healthcare can help reassure parents they are making the right choice.

Winnie Palmer Hospital recently received Perinatal Care Certification, following a rigorous review from The Joint Commission. This designation means families can count on receiving exceptional care every step of the way — from prenatal care, through labor and delivery, to baby’s six-week checkup, and everything in between. Winnie Palmer Hospital is one of just over 30 hospitals in the country — and the only one in Orlando — to earn this recognition.

At Winnie Palmer Hospital, teams from several specialties provide comprehensive perinatal care during the pregnancy and through baby’s six-week checkup. The certified program also offers:

  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births with state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical expertise
  • Patient education and support so that each expectant mom understands all medical options and has the birth experience she wants
  • Family education and community resources to make sure mom has help throughout her entire pregnancy and entry into motherhood

“This certification recognizes the outstanding level of care that Winnie Palmer Hospital provides our families and our commitment to being the best hospital possible,” says Parker. “And that commitment is more than just a promise — it’s a daily practice.”

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