Family and New Life Center Support Services
As a pioneer in innovations in obstetrical, maternity and gynecological services on Long Island, Winthrop-University 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.
NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) 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 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 Winthrop-University Hospital as a result of an overwhelming community need.
For more information call Winthrop’s Women's Health Services at 1-888-53-WOMEN