Caring for Hundreds of Babies
April 02, 2014
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, recognized among the nation’s best for maternity care, opened a new Women’s Pavilion in the summer with a Mother/Baby Center housing state-of-the-art labor and delivery suites.
The self-contained floor within the Mission Hills hospital’s new four-story South Wing expansion includes a 12-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for premature and high-risk babies. This will provide the North San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys with their first NICU, one designed to provide visiting parents with privacy for precious family time. And for high-risk moms who must be hospitalized well before delivering, Providence Holy Cross has developed an antepartum care program to meet their special needs.
Providence Holy Cross is dedicated to the health of the babies it delivers from those first seconds. Skin-to-skin contact is encouraged at birth and mother-father-baby bonding is a priority. Babies spend very little time in the nursery – they spend their days and nights in mom’s private room. The hospital is designated by UNICEF and the World Health Organization as Baby Friendly for encouraging breastfeeding among new mothers. And the new building where these babies will be born is the first “green” hospital building in Los Angeles County in line with Providence’s core value of stewardship – protecting resources for the next generations.
Providence Holy Cross and earned 5-star ratings in 2010 for their special deliveries and were ranked among the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals. The ratings came from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization, which also awarded each of these hospitals Maternity Care Excellence Awards.