Family and New Life Center Support Services
As a pioneer in innovations in obstetrical, maternity and gynecological services on Long Island, NYU Winthrop Hospital continues to set the gold standard of excellence in maternal/child care. One of the busiest programs in the New York metro area, our state-of-the-art New Life Center averages over 5,000 births annually in our ultra-modern home-like labor/delivery/ recovery suites.
Patient and family-centered care (PFC) is our unique hallmark approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of maternal/child care. PFC practitioners recognize the vital role that the whole family unit plays in ensuring the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and family members of all ages. We acknowledge that emotional, social and developmental support are integral components of health care.
Family-Centered Support Services
In addition to dozens of educational programs and classes for expectant parents, new parents and young siblings, the Division of Maternal/Child Care provides compassionate support groups for families experiencing loss, those who have newborns with special needs or newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to health problems or being born premature.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Parent Support Group
This support group is open to parents who have a baby in the NICU. A Registered Nurse or Certified Social Worker serves as the group facilitator. The group gives parents the opportunity to discuss their feelings with other parents and staff about having a preterm infant or an infant with specialized needs.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder
From the moment a child is born, a mother’s life is forever changed. The most significant changes occur in priorities and demands on time, and it is not unusual for new moms to feel overwhelmed. Frequent bouts of crying and irritability, along with lapses in concentration and exhaustion, often referred to as the baby blues, are quite common. But for some women, these feelings can grow more intense, developing into Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). But many women are reluctant or embarrassed to confront these feelings, not realizing that they could be creating a dangerous situation. Yet, this is a medical illness, and help is available.
Mary Lynn Brassil, MS, CES, C-EFM, RN, NYU Winthrop Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Chair of the Nassau County Perinatal Services Network explains, “Despite frequent prenatal visits with their primary healthcare provider, many women are not screened and go undetected. Assessment and screening for risk factors for PMAD in the hospital or doctor’s office is an integral part of the care women should receive during the immediate postpartum period. A simple series of questions can alert caregivers and the new moms to clues that may signal a greater tendency to develop PMAD, and to provide support. Sometimes, just knowing you are not alone in having these feelings, and that there is someone to talk to, is all it takes to avoid tragedy.”
NYU Winthrop was the first New York State hospital to conduct PMAD screenings and to date, 42,000 women have been assessed with 12% diagnosed. Our program creates a bridge between the Hospital and the home, ensuring these moms have access to a telephone support program and home care services to help ensure their well-being and the safety of their child.
For more information about services available to new mothers, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Perinatal Bereavement Team (PBT)
The PBT provides anticipatory guidance, emotional support, counseling services and outpatient follow-up to parents experiencing the loss of their infant. Team members include registered nurses from Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, NICU and the Antepartum Units. They meet with families in the hospital and offer telephone follow-up after discharge. They provide families with reading materials and information about community and national support groups.
Counseling is provided by social workers, psychologists and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists to meet the needs of families in crisis.
New support groups, facilitated by certified social Workers, are being formed at NYU Winthrop Hospital as a result of an overwhelming community need.
For more information call NYU Winthrop’s Women’s Health Services at 1-888-53-WOMEN