By Kathy L. Collins

On October 2, Brandon Regional Hospital celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Women’s Center and the very first BRHboarddelivery on October 2, 1983. “In honor of this milestone, we partnered with Newborns In Need to raise awareness for the program and collected donations to help them with their cause,” said Jill Lansky, Director of Physicians Services. Since 1983, physicians at Brandon Regional Hospital have delivered over 83,000 babies. Two years ago, the Women’s Center underwent a six-million-dollar renovation. Expectant mothers can deliver their babies with peace of mind knowing that Brandon Regional Hospital is a leader in deliveries and patient care.

Bonnie Guagliardo, who has been with Brandon Regional Hospital for 33 years and is Director of Mother/Baby Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Newborn Nursery, said, “We are leaders in the community in providing evidenced-based practices such as no elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation; prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis and exclusive breast milk feeding.”

Moreover, expectant mothers are taken care of in private suites for both delivery and post partum. They receive individualized care as well as pre-natal classes. Labor nurses have advanced fetal monitoring education and are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Additionally, all nursing staff is certified in neonatal resuscitation.

Guagliardo added, “We plan the patient’s care to meet the needs of the new family. We have Skype capabilities so that we can include distant loved ones. We offer breastfeeding assistance by Certified Lactation Consultants and the staff has been educated on the latest techniques in breastfeeding.”

Newborns In Need is a 501(c)(3) organization to take care of needy babies. It has distributed items to those in need sinceBRHsign 1992. Brandon Regional Hospital has assisted them in the past. The staff and physicians at Brandon Regional Hospital raised an amazing $1,000 and collected baby clothes and supplies for the organization as it celebrated the 30th Anniversary of delivery babies in the greater Brandon area.

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