St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

St. David's Medical Center NICU Staff

Parents

Parents are the most important member of our team! From the moment your baby arrives in the NICU, we encourage you to be involved as much as possible, participating in his or her care as conditions allow.

Neonatologists
Neonatologists are doctors with advanced training in the area of intensive care newborn medicine. They are responsible for around-the-clock care of your infant. While in the NICU, a neonatologist will asct as your child's primary physician, coordinating and planning care. A neonatologist is present in our NICU 24 hours a day.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP)
NNPs are highly skilled nurses with special training in the area of neonatal care. The NNP works alongside and under the direction of the Neonatologist to diagnose and treat your baby's health problems. A NNP is present in our NICU 24 hours a day.

Pediatric Subspecialists
Depending on your aby's needs, a variety of physician specialists are available including cardiologists, surgeons, geneticist, neurologists, ophthalmologists and more. They work with the neonatologist to coordinate specific treatments, consult on infants with special problems as needed and help ensure that your child receives comprehensive care.

Registered Nurses (RN)
The nurses in the NICU are your baby's primare care providers. They are experts in the care of sick and premature infants and manage your baby's individualized plan of care.

NICU Case Manager
The NICU case manager will help coordinate services for your baby to make your baby's stay in the NICU and transition to home very smooth. They will ensure that your follow-up appointments and referrals are made by the time you go home, and will also coordinate the care your baby will need after discharge. They can also assist with questions about medical insurance.

Lactation Consultant (LC)
Our all RN Lactation Consultant team sees every mother during their baby's stay in the hospital. These experts assist you and your babyin proper breastfeeding techniques and breastmilk pumping practices, giving you both the best possible start to your breastfeeding experience.

Respiratory Therapy (RT)
Breasthing problems are common for babies in the NICU. Because their lungs are immature, preemies often require additional respiratory care which is provided by Respiratory Therapists.

Registered Dietitian (RD)
Your baby's nutritional status is closely monitored by our dietary experts. The Dietitian assesses the fluids, calories and nutrients taken in and tracks the progression of your child's growth.

Social Worker
You and your family may need services outside the hospital before and after your child is discharged that a social worker can assist with. A Social Worker can also address counseling cocncerns, as well as questions on parenting and support.

Occupational Therapists (OT)
Following your baby's development is very imiportant as he / she grows. That is the job of an OT who will assess development, tolerance to the environment, stress signs and self-calming strategies. The therapist recommends interventions to encourage bonding and age appropriate development. The therapist will guide you through learning your baby's non-verbal language and reading his / her cues.

Physical Therapist (PT)
A Physical Therapist works with the multidisciplinary team to assess your baby's physical needs, providing proper positioning and raneg of motion to promote normal development.

Speech Therapist
Sick and premature infants often have difficulty eating. A speech pathologist works with team members to suggest techniques and positioning strategies for feeding and develops custom feeding plans and oral exercises that you can learn and help your baby with.

Chaplain
Chaplains are available to provide spiritual support, prayer, blessings and baptisms. They can help you contact your own religious leader. Awsk the nursing staff to help reach a chaplain.

Other Personnel
A variety of staff members and volunteers assist in the NICU, taking care of paperwork, arranging for testing and physician orders, helping with basic infant care, stocking supplies, doing medical testing such as X-rays and more.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Physicians and staff who are experienced professionals, committed to providing exceptional care to every patient
  • Comfortable, family centered environment
  • Newly renovated Women's Health floor, complete with state-of-the-art technology
  • All private rooms
  • 3 luxury suites for an additional charge per night 
  • Spacious, well appointed Labor & Delivery Rooms
  • Surgical suites located in the Labor & Delivery Unit
  • Midwives and doulas are welcome to be present at your birth
  • All RN staff, competent in both high and low-risk obstetrical care
  • 24/7 Neonatology coverage
  • 24/7 Anesthesia coverage
  • 24/7 Maternal Fetal Medicine Coverage
  • Maternal & Neonatal Transport Team
  • Parent Education classes taught by employees of St. David's Medical Center

    Maternity and Newborn Services at St. David's HealthCare

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    St . David's Medical Center
    919 E 32nd Street
    Austin, TX 78705
    Telephone: (512) 476-7111
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