The Newborn Medicine Section within GPAM cares for newborns, mothers and families in the Women's Hospital. A team-based approach to care is used including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses, and students. Since adopting a family-friendly rooming-in system where babies stay in the room with their mothers, infants are primarily located on 5W, but can also be on 3W or 4W. Additionally, there are areas for the infants to stay with their mothers even after the mother is discharged from the hospital if the infant isn't quite ready to go home.
In addition to a terrific setting for birth, the systems of care for newborns meet the highest quality standards. In June, the UNC Newborn service and NC Women’s Hospital received Safe Sleep designation from the state. http://news.unchealthcare.org/som-vital-signs/2016/june-2/n-c-women2019s-hospital-recognized-for-excellence-in-infant-safe-sleep-practices. We previously have achieved Baby-Friendly designation which affirms our work to maximize breast-feeding and other infant friendly practices. The newborn medicine team has also embraced high quality, standardized care. We currently have guidelines to assure quality care with late preterm infants, those with initial low blood sugars, risk for infection, and newborns whose mothers used opiates or other pharmaceuticals during pregnancy.
Current research projects in the Newborn Medicine team include studying the effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome and motivations of parents who do not allow Vitamin K injection.
Finally, this section leads education of medical students, residents, and other health professional students in newborn issues. The experience is highly valued and structured to maximize continuity.