COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
While our desire is for everyone to have a healthy baby, we know that occasionally babies need special medical care. If it is determined during your prenatal course that neonatal surgery may be necessary for your baby, the Nurse Navigators with the Baby Matters program at St. David’s Medical Center can partner with your obstetrician & maternal fetal medicine physician to deliver expert care of you and your baby.
The NICU at St. David’s Medical Center completes considerably more neonatal surgeries annually than any other facility in the Austin area.
To help you make informed decisions regarding your child’s care, we offer a Baby Matters Nurse Navigator service. After referral, our Nurse Navigator will connect with you and your family to coordinate a personalized visit of our Maternity areas, NICU areas, and a face-to-face consultation with one of our Board Certified Neonatologists regarding the care and expectations for your baby after birth. In addition to familiarizing you with St. David’s Medical Center, our goal is to dispel fears, encourage informed decision making, and increase your understanding of the NICU while guiding you through this unique and often overwhelming experience.
St. David's Medical Center is the only hospital in the Austin area where a mother can deliver her baby and be cared for in the same hospital together with her baby requiring surgery in the NICU. It is our goal to keep you and your baby together in one hospital to help minimize stress of being separated from your newborn.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement on Levels of Neonatal Care recommends, "to the extent possible, delivery of a high-risk infant should be planned to occur in a facility capable of providing the anticipated appropriate level of NICU care”. As the only hospital in the Austin area where a mother and her neonate requiring surgery can both be cared for in the same facility, we have several options available to assist you with delivering at St. David’s Medical Center:
- Speak with your primary OB about the option of obtaining privileges to deliver you at St. David’s Medical Center.
- If your OB is unable to obtain privileges due to time constraints or geographic challenges, you may Transfer care to a high-risk Obstetrician practicing at St. David’s Medical Center (a list of physicians can be provided upon request).
- Many times your primary OB is able to continue prenatal care and we can schedule your delivery with our OB Hospitalist Group physician – this option is very helpful for those that live far from St. David’s Medical Center.
- If labor is unplanned and you are not able to get to St. David’s Medical Center, our Maternal & Neonatal Transport teams can be deployed to assist and stabilize your baby prior to transport to a surgical NICU.
We hope that you will choose St. David’s Medical Center for all neonatal surgical needs. Call 512-544-5189 for more information regarding any Baby Matters service.
How the Baby Matters program works:
- During routine ultrasound during your prenatal care your Obstetrician or Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist may recognize anatomy in the baby that may require surgical assessment/intervention or NICU admission at the time of birth.
- Your OB or MFM may then refer you to St. David’s Medical Center and the Baby Matters program.
- Once the nurse navigator for Baby Matters receives you referral, she will contact you to set up a one on one tour through labor & delivery, NICU and a face to face consultation with a neonatologist.
- The Baby Matters nurse navigators are here throughout your pregnancy to answer questions, provide assistance, guide you through this overwhelming process and support you and your family.
- The Nurse Navigators will assist with medical records coordination, requests & referrals. A personalized care file is also built and maintained to ensure high level communication between all staff caring for you and your baby.
- Nurse Navigators can assist with specialized programs such as Cord Blood Registry – Newborn Possibilities Program, for those babies who have a pre-qualifying diagnosis and parents wish to collect and store umbilical cord blood on baby’s behalf.
- OB, MFM, neonatology, pediatric surgeons and pediatric sub-specialties work collaboratively to develop a delivery plan for you and coordinated care options for your baby.
- Nurse navigators are available to you throughout your pregnancy and immediate postpartum period.
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St. David’s Medical Center - Quick Facts
- 65 –bed Level IV NICU – largest in central Texas – offering wide range of services, including complex neonatal surgery, & dedicated neonatal anesthesia.
- Our NICU completes considerably more neonatal surgeries annually than any other facility in the Austin area.
- David’s Medical Center is the ONLY hospital in the Austin area where a mother can deliver her baby and the two can be cared for in the same hospital together with her neonate who requires surgery in the NICU.
- Board Certified neonatologists in-house 24/7.
- Collaborative care with Board Certified pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, neurologists, neuro surgeons, nephrologists and other pediatric subspecialists available to handle the most complex cases 24/7.
- Dedicated Maternal & Neonatal Transport teams for mothers and babies who require a higher level of care or anticipate neonatal surgery.