Birthing Services and Newborn Care at Bronson Battle Creek
By Charlotte Rensberger, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Bronson BirthPlace – Battle Creek
As a mom, I know that expecting a baby is an exciting and emotional time for new parents. You want to provide the absolute best for your child, including the care your baby will receive when it’s time to deliver. Whether he or she is perfectly healthy or faces challenges, having consistent, expert care helps to get the baby and family started on the right track.
I am one of the seven pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who see newborns at Bronson BirthPlace – Battle Creek. As part of the Newborn Hospitalist Program, PNPs partner with the inpatient pediatric physicians, also known as newborn hospitalists, to provide care for infants from birth until they are discharged from the hospital and going home for the first time.
For many newborns, their first encounter with a healthcare provider is with a PNP. PNPs attend all high risk deliveries and Cesarean-sections (C-sections). We also complete the newborns’ assessments, routine procedures, and spend time educating parents and caregivers. The newborn hospitalist team ensures that every baby gets the care they need efficiently, and consistently. All care is recorded in Bronson’s electronic health record system which is available to parents online via Bronson MyChart.
Pediatric nurse practitioners are on-site 24/7 at the BirthPlace in Battle Creek. PNPs are specially trained to handle newborn emergencies, so babies receive immediate, expert medical attention if they need it.
In addition to making sure babies are cared for at the hospital, it’s also important that parents and caregivers have the education and confidence to make sure their baby has a successful transition when they go home.
We Facilitate That By:
- Providing families with information on safe sleep practices to help reduce infant related sleep deaths
- Partnering with lactation experts to help new moms become more comfortable with breastfeeding
- Encouraging skin-to-skin because the benefits to both parents and babies are numerous in those first few days of life.
- Offering support groups to guide moms as they adjust to life with a new baby
- Screening moms and providing resources to help with perinatal mood disorders.
Charlotte Rensberger, PNP, of Bronson Newborn Hospital Specialists is a long-time Battle Creek resident and is proud to provide exceptional care to the community where she lives.
For more information about birthing services and newborn care at Bronson Battle Creek, visit bronsonhealth.com/ birthplace-bbc or contact the Bronson BirthPlace directly at (269) 245-8400.