Healthy Beginnings

HlthyBgngs_MomBabyRight from the start, Premier Health is here to care for the communities we serve by protecting our tiniest citizens. With our designated special care nurseries and partnerships with local organizations, we’re leading new lives down a path to a healthy future.

Ensuring the Best Possible Start

Through the Southwest Ohio Neonatal Collaborative, Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) and Dayton Children’s Hospital provide the region’s highest level of care for high-risk moms and premature babies that are critically ill. More than 80 percent of critically-ill newborns in our communities are cared for by MVH and Dayton Children’s, and together their experts have been providing care for our tiniest patients for more than 30 years. “Our goal is to create a seamless care path for families with high risk pregnancies through collaboration with our Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists, the subspecialists at Dayton Children’s Hospital, and our respective NICUs,” says Marc Belcastro, DO, Medical Director of the NICU and Newborn Nursery at MVH. “Our families will be able to remain close to home with their newborns.”

A team of nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital has received national recognition for their dedication to enhancing the care of mothers and their newborns through practicing and teaching “Maternal-Infant Skin-to-Skin Care and Impact on Breastfeeding.” Mother and baby are placed skin-to-skin within five minutes of birth, and breastfeeding begins within 60 minutes. This evidence-based practice of keeping mothers and infants skin-to-skin starting at birth improves the maternal-infant bonding. It also increases the newborn’s ability to learn to breastfeed, stabilizes the baby’s vital signs and regulates their body temperature, providing the healthiest possible start for new lives. This outcomes-based practice is utilized throughout the Premier Health system.

Providing Safe Transport

HlthyBgngs_BabyCarseatAt Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC), a partner-ship between their Women’s Services and the Troy Kiwanis club ensures that every newborn leaving the hospital is safely transported in a car with an infant safety seat. For more than a decade, UVMC and the Kiwanis have worked together to provide an average of two to three safety seats per month to eligible new parents. “This has been a very valuable program,” says Teri Gulker, UVMC director of Nursing for Medical/Surgical and Women’s Services. “The Kiwanis get a lot of satisfaction out of doing this.” And parents can feel confident that their new additions will make their first trip home as safely as possible.


Safe Sleep for Babies

HlthyBgngs_PIERCEBbyHelping extend Premier Health’s reach of care through baby’s first year, Atrium Medical Center provides life-saving safe sleep education for new parents and infant caregivers through the P.I.E.R.C.E. (Protecting Infants Early Reduces Catastrophic Events) Project. This project is a concentrated effort to reduce infant deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other unexpected sleep-related causes. A “safe sleep contract” is given to all new parents, and all babies are given SleepSack swaddle wraps to take home instead of loose blankets. In an effort to address the growning nationwide concern over infant mortality rates, the SleepSack program is being implemented throughout the Premier Health system. “Although we can’t prevent SIDS, we can reduce the risk factors that jeopardize every baby’s safe sleep,” says Sheree Young, RNC, coordinator of Atrium’s bereavement program for parents.

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Content Updated: December 13, 2013

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