A physician or nurse practitioner who is specially trained to manage the medical care of sick and premature newborn babies is present at EVERY birth. They provide a full assessment of each baby upon arrival to ensure prompt medical care in the event of any unexpected complications. If there is an issue, they can act quickly and get the baby’s treatment plan started right away.
Your selected Pediatrician or Family Physician will visit your baby in the hospital. If you did not select a primary care provider prior to birth, or your child’s doctor does not practice at WHS, our on-staff pediatricians will care for your baby during your stay. Any necessary information about your baby will be given to you at the time of your discharge to give to your baby’s doctor. Need help finding a pediatrician? Call our physician referral line at 724.250.4310 or visit whs.org
Special Care Nurses
If your little one needs special attention, rest assured that our experienced and specially trained nursing staff will provide great care for you and your baby. They work closely with the neonatal team and other members of your baby’s care team.
WHS offers an onsite lactation consultant. They are specially trained in lactation and breastfeeding/chestfeeding to provide you the support you need while breastfeeding your baby. They can help with pumping, maintaining milk supply, and starting and continuing nursing.
At WHS, “cuddlers” are specially trained volunteers that dedicate their time to holding and comforting babies. Sometimes parents can’t always provide around-the-clock nurturing touch for their premature newborn. Adding these dedicated volunteers to our team helps us to provide the healing and soothing touch that some babies need during their first few days in the world.
At WHS, our chaplain is available upon request to give spiritual support and counseling to help families cope with the stress of either a special care baby or for any situation.