Additional Services We Provide
We know that having your baby transported to the NICU can be a stressful experience. To help you during this time, we offer a variety of support services:
- Social Workers: Social Workers in the NICU are available to help you with any emotional, financial or family concerns you may have.
- Chaplain Services: Our chaplaincy service can assist you with your spiritual and emotional needs.
- Lactation Specialists: Our lactation specialists provide breastfeeding support and care.
- Family Care Liaison: Our Family Care Liaison works closely with families to facilitate education, support, and effective communication with medical providers to enhance family-centered care and to ensure common goals.
- Transition To Home Program and Neurodevelopment Follow Up Programs: Transition-to-Home & Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program (NDFP) is a program that guides families of high-risk infants through the transition-to-home process and ultimately reviews the child’s developmental milestones to ensure he/she is on track by the time he/she graduates from our follow-up program. After a safe transition home, appointments are scheduled every 3-4 months through the first year of life and then every 6 months thereafter for a developmental Bayley’s evaluation. One of the main goals is to prevent hospital readmission.
- NICU Library and Reading Program: The NICU Reading Program encourages parents of babies in the NICU to read at least 20 minutes a day to their baby, to help develop their cognitive learning. The library, Theo’s Library, was created by the family of a NICU patient who recognized the different reading made in their baby’s development.
- Milk Bank Depot: The Women’s Hospital at Renaissance is an official Milk Depot, designated by The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin. Milk that is donated at The Women’s Hospital at Renaissance is sent to The Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin, which follows strict screening, processing, and testing guidelines to ensure that banked human milk is safe.
- VON Outcomes Tracking
Breastfeeding and Lactation Program:
The Women's Hospital at Renaissance has been designated a Texas Ten Step facility, which means we're dedicated to supporting your breastfeeding needs and provide all the support needed to get you and your baby off to a good start before going home.
Once your baby is born, members of the nursing staff who have received training in breastfeeding assistance will help you with feeding basics position and latch, pumping fundamentals, and more advanced techniques when necessary. This help can start immediately after delivery in your labor and delivery suite if requested. We also have a team of board-certified lactation consultants available around the clock to provide assistance, education and special breastfeeding equipment if necessary.
For answers to basic breastfeeding and baby care questions, call:
Lydia Gonzalez, LVN, IBCLC, RLC: 956-362-4455 or 956-362-4457
Gaby Reyna, IBCLC, RLC: 956-362-4567 or 956-362-4405