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Newborn Nursery & NICU

Located one mile from the University Campus, the UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus is the regional perinatal center. It includes the UMass Memorial Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and features the area's only high-risk obstetrical services with an active maternal transport program. As a result, the majority of newborns admitted to the 49-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are born at the Memorial Campus, providing residents ample experience in delivery room resuscitation and stabilization. Additionally, residents participate in the Newborn Transport Team, traveling to community hospitals to stabilize and transfer newborns in need of Level III NICU care. 

Newborn Nursery

During the nursery rotation, well newborn care is emphasized. Working with a multidisciplinary team of newborn nursery hospitalists, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses and lactation consultants, residents get ample experience counseling families on the care of their newborn.  The maternity center has approximately 4,000 deliveries per year and the hospitalist team manages a variety of non-critical newborn conditions such as hyperbilirubinemia, neonatal abstinence syndrome, care of late preterm newborns, and care for infants with congenital anomalies.  Residents on this rotation have significant medical student education opportunities as well.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our NICU is very proud of its warm environment and collaborative atmosphere. Supervision in the NICU is provided by full-time neonatologists who provide on-site 24/7 coverage. Residents also enjoy working with neonatal nurse practitioners, NICU fellows, NICU nurses, social workers, lactation consultants and Child Life specialists. In the NICU, we practice family-centered, multidisciplinary rounds.

The NICU has an active conference schedule. There is a lecture series comprised of core topics, journal clubs, M&M, and ethics conferences, among others, that the residents will be exposed to during their time in the NICU. There is also a high-fidelity simulation curriculum to practice needed neonatal resuscitation skills.