The Institute provides optimum healthcare from the day life is delivered to the world. It has excellent facilities which include a pediatric unit, nursery, pediatric and neonatal intensive care facilities and out-patient emergency unit. The Nursery unit provides routine care to newborn babies immediately after birth, and ascertains their status of wellness and freedom from illness.
The neonatal period (from birth to 28 days of age) is a time of great risk to infants. The section on Neonatology is staffed with the country's leading and most experienced practitioners in this subspecialty. Neonatologists man the Neonatal Intensive Care unit to safeguard the lives of infants in this crucial stage of development. A Pediatric Intensive Care unit also provides specialized care to pediatric patients with unstable and life-threatening abnormalities of the vital organ system.
Another subspecialty in the Institute is Pediatric Emergency Medicine(PEM) which is specially designed to handle treatment of child emergencies which differs from treatments provided to adults. St. Luke's Emergency Room (ER) has physicians who have been specially trained in the best pediatric facilities in the world in various fields such as PEM, neonatology, ambulatory pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.
Pediatric experts across various subspecialties are housed in the Institute to meet the challenging medical concerns of very young patients.
The Lactation Unit is a hospital initiative unit under Maternity and Child Nursing Service Line and Breastfeeding Working Group, which caters to all expectant and breastfeeding mothers, newborns, infants, and their families. The unit extends lactation services and support to the institution''s associates, in-patients, and previously admitted visiting patients who are happily breastfeeding or having difficulties in breastfeeding. Also, it serves as a lactation station where breastfeeding mothers may be given a private area to breastfeed their babies. The Lactation Unit is stationed at the 8th floor North Wing of the Nursing Tower in Global City site while the Maternity Unit is at the 2nd floor of Main Hospital Building in Quezon City site.
Meanwhile, as part of the institution''s breastfeeding advocacy, the Breastfeeding Working Group has been created to better educate and communicate to the healthcare team, associates, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers the benefits of breastfeeding. The group officially organizes and conducts breastfeeding classes and activities to promote breastfeeding in the hospital. Hence, the Breastfeeding Working Group, composed of medical, nursing and non-medical personnel are all in charge of promoting compliance on breastfeeding policies, as well as 10 steps to successful breastfeeding and global criteria in the BFHI guidelines set by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Maternal and Child Health Care: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)
At St. Luke''s Medical Center- Global City (SLMC-GC), the hospital has taken its step towards global strategy by practicing and embracing ''Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative'' global criteria. As part of global strategy of Infant and Young Child Feeding Program to address Millennium Developmental Goals specifically on child mortality, maternal and reproductive health, and nutrition, BFHI was launched by UNICEF and WHO in 1991-1992. The Initiative has grown, with more than 20,000 hospitals having been designated in 156 countries around the world over the last 15 years. (UNICEF, 2009)
The BFHI program in Global City site was initiated last 2011 and the institution subsequently underwent Department of Health Accreditation. Last December 2011, the institution was able to receive a Certificate of Commitment as ''Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital''. Up until now the Breastfeeding Working Group, Lactation Unit and Services are promoting and innovating its management and practices to close the gap between the traditional and evidenced based practices of breastfeeding.
Lactation Unit Contact Details
Head: Adelina Ardonia, RN
Head: Maria Cristina C. Bernardo, MD - Certified Lactation Specialist
Certified Lactation Specialist
Elisa Patricia May M. Cornelio, MD
Jocelyn V. Bondoc, MD
Joyce Ann Z. Martinez, RN
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