Maternal/infant health nurses at Penn Medicine work with health care professionals in the surrounding community and from around the world to establish long-term, collaborative relationships. Penn's maternal/infant health nurses are committed to being reliable and trustworthy resources for helping provide most advanced treatment options to meet the needs of patients. They strive to maintain open lines of communication with physicians and their patients to ensure that each patient's care is as seamless as possible.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
The labor and delivery unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) consists of labor and delivery beds, operating rooms, post-anesthesia care and a perinatal evaluation center. The mother-baby unit cares for both antepartum and postpartum patients with a strong focus on family-centered care.
The intensive care nursery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a Level III unit where a highly skilled nursing staff provides top-notch care to the smallest patients. Intensive care nursery nurses attend deliveries with the neonatal team and assist with emergency measures to stabilize and transfer neonates to the unit. As the neonate transitions, the care is focused on discharge planning and assisting the family in acquiring the necessary skills to care for the infant at home.
Welcoming over 4,800 babies each year, Pennsylvania Hospital's birthing program is the largest in the Philadelphia region. The first specialty area at Pennsylvania Hospital, it continues to be recognized nationally for excellence in obstetrics. Working with both low- and high-risk patients in the labor and delivery area, nurses see patients through the birthing process. From the perinatal evaluation and treatment unit for emergency patients to the antepartum unit, nurses are exposed to a broad spectrum of patient care experiences.
In the postpartum/newborn nursery, care focuses on the family, providing quality care for the mothers, families, and the newest additions – the babies. Teaching is a major component of the RN's day in the nursery.
The Level III intensive care nursery (ICN) cares for newborns with a variety of diagnoses including prematurity, sepsis and cardiac problems. The high-tech environment is also high touch, combining the pace of critical care with the special needs of fragile patients. Nurses in the unit feel fulfilled as they see their patients go home for the first time.