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  • 1. UNMH Health Source VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 JULY 2011 UNMH Mother Baby Unit Provides Guidance & SupportAdult Urgent CareCenter Now Open The Mother Baby Unit establishingat UNMH (MBU) is an all-private- breastfeeding or room, maternity floor bottle-feeding providing care for new skills. Rooms Open Monday mothers and their healthy have a built-in through Friday, newborns. guest bed so the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. new mother can Located on the Nurses are trained to meet have Dad, one West side of the the needs of these special family member main hospital next patients and understand or friend stay to the former that birth is a normal overnight with her. If the baby should require care in Cancer Center process leading to exciting the Newborn Intensive Care Unit location (now the changes for the entire All nurses in the MBU are (NICU), MBU staff help the BBRP Plaza). family. trained to help the new mother get to the baby’s bedside. mother successfully begin Mothers are encouraged to Assistance is also provided to begin breastfeeding. keep baby at the bedside breast pumping and getting milk to (known as rooming in), If there is a need for more the baby, while encouraging the which teaches them how intense intervention, mother to get rest so she can heal to respond to the baby’s Certified Lactation and respond to the baby’s needs. needs and establish Specialists are available to Care also continues after discharge. skin-to-skin care. Mothers assist during the hospital Most babies are seen in the also learn to identify stay. Newborn Clinic two to three days feeding cues while after going home. ● continued, next page UNMH Lactation Clinic Breast milk is one of the Staff is available for The clinic staff can assist best gifts a mother can give prenatal teaching and with introduction of foods to her child. Often women assessment and follow-up when the baby is six have concerns about being days after discharge, or any months old or when the able to produce enough time a mother feels the mother is ready to wean the milk or the ability to “do it need for support and baby. right.” UNMH has a clinic guidance. ● continued, next page dedicated solely to helping woman successfully breastfeed.
  • 2. Lactation Clinic UNM Hospitals Mission ● continued from previous page Our patient care mission encompasses The clinic is staffed with two Registered Nurses serving as an accessible, high-quality, who are specially trained to assist with safety-focused, comprehensive care breastfeeding. The nurses are International provider for all the people of Bernalillo Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). County, and providing specialized services for people across the state. The clinic is open Monday through Saturday and appointments last 45-60 minutes. If the nurse Our education mission focuses on identifies an issue needing medical attention, she creating a patient care environment can refer the mother or baby to appropriate which is supportive of the educational providers. For an appointment, please call programs of the UNM Health Sciences 272-0480. If needed, interpreter services are Center health professional schools. provided. Our research mission focuses on the application of new biomedical knowledge, translated to innovative patient care programs and models of Do you know of a community health care delivery, leading to health organization that would like to learn status improvement for New Mexico. more about UNM Hospitals? As an organization, UNMH wants to keep the public as informed as possible Mother Baby Unit ● continued from previous page about our hospital and the services available to the community. Please contact Misty Salaz, Private room with visitor UNM Hospitals Community sleeping Relations Specialist, to present at area for Dad your next meeting. or a family member. mpsalaz@salud.unm.edu or 272-4388This is when it’s crucial to monitor feeding, weight gain,jaundice and the healing of the circumcision. The nursesare available to answer any questions the family may have.During the follow-up visit, nurses can assist mothers withbreastfeeding, if needed. In addition, the baby is assessedby a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant. Before apatient leaves the clinic, staff will make sure the baby hasan appointment for the well-baby checkup at 10-14 days oflife. If necessary, an appointment can also be scheduled toreturn to the newborn or lactation clinic. h t t p : / / h o s p i t a l s. u n m . e d u

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