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Comprehensive Services and Support for Mom and Baby
Having a baby is an exciting time, but can leave new parents feeling overwhelmed. When you have your baby at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, you have an entire team of specialists to support you from day one. Our comprehensive Newborn Services department will make sure you and your baby receive all the services and education needed for you to feel confident and ready to step into parenthood.
We offer an array of personalized services including screenings and education classes to help new parents feel equipped to care for their newborn. Our team of specialists are here to meet your needs and answer any questions you may have.
Our services include:
There are many physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. Some of those benefits may include less physician office visits, it can reduce risks of many illnesses and breastmilk is readily available. It also provides special bonding time for you and your baby. Our certified lactation consultants help expectant parents prepare for breastfeeding and provide one-on-one assistance to new mothers. Learn more about our Breastfeeding Education Center.
We offer enhanced security for our youngest patients using infant footprint digital technology that provides a unique way to identify each baby. Our infant safety system provides a digital capture and storage of newborn footprints as well as the option of including the mother’s identification within the system. Upon discharge, the family will have access to their newborn’s digital footprint to include on any memorabilia or if ever needed in critical situations.
Our nutritionists are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your newborn's dietary needs.
Pediatric hospitalists are board-certified pediatricians who specialize in the care of infants and children in the hospital. After your baby is born, our pediatric hospitalists will provide a thorough check-up of your newborn each day until they are discharged from Orlando Health Winnie Palmer. They will check their breathing, how well they are eating, look for conditions that may require immediate attention and answer and questions or concerns you have about your child's development. They can also coordinate care with pediatric specialists from Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, as needed.
During your stay at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer, your newborn will undergo a series of screenings and testing procedures to ensure that your baby is healthy and ready for discharge. These procedures also help to identify any conditions or birth defects that may have gone undetected during pregnancy.
We are proud to provide numerous pregnancy, childbirth and parenting classes for women and families in our community. We offer many postnatal classes that cover areas such as breastfeeding, ways to connect to your newborn, and social classes for moms. For more information on class descriptions, times and registration, please visit our class listing.
Our clinical social workers are key members of the healthcare team and assist with discharge planning to ensure mother and baby receive ongoing care and support, as needed.
Infant Safe Sleep
Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a national infant safe sleep organization. Cribs for Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to SUID and accidental suffocation.
As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and for providing training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers.
Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), also known as sudden unexpected death in infancy is a term used to describe any sudden and unexpected death, whether explained or unexplained, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and ill-defined deaths that occur during infancy. SIDS is a subcategory of SUID and is a cause assigned to infant deaths that cannot be explained after a thorough case investigation. (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics).
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), which includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), is the leading cause of injury death in infancy. Sleep can be a big challenge for families with babies but following safe sleep recommendations can prevent many SUID fatalities.
To create a Safe Sleep Environment:
- Keep baby in your room close to your bed, but on a separate sleep surface designed for infants.
- Use a firm and flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib*, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else.
- Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke around your baby.
- Do not put pillows, blankets, sheepskins or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area.
- Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head.
- Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket. Do not use a loose blanket, and do not over-bundle.
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
* A crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that follows the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. For information on crib safety, contact the CPSC at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC.gov.
To learn more about safe sleep, download the informative Safe Sleep guide in English or Spanish, courtesy of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.