NICU Described as a ‘Haven for High-risk Infants’

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A picture speaks a thousand words. Worcester Magazine recently featured our NICU in a three-part series. (Photo courtesy of Worcester Magazine)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is nationally renowned and has a reputation for involving families in their babies’ care. Just ask the parents interviewed for this three-part Worcester Magazine feature titled, “Life in the NICU: UMass Memorial a Haven for High-risk Infants.” The only Level 3 NICU in Central Massachusetts, our caregivers follows a finely-honed routine that involves a dedicated team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists who takes over the care of any baby determined to be in distress. The care team also includes physician assistants, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, cuddlers and others. Ellen Delpapa, MD, chief of maternal-fetal medicine, offered perhaps the highest – and simplest – praise for the NICU team, saying, “We feel privileged to practice with them.” Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the feature.

Women’s Health Series: Meghan’s Maternal-fetal Medicine Story

After having a miscarriage, Meghan worried that she may never be able to experience motherhood. Diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), she was at risk for multiple complications during pregnancy that might have limited her ability to carry a baby to full term. Meghan became pregnant again and began seeing maternal-fetal medicine expert Ellen Delpapa, MD. Dr. Delpapa oversaw the pregnancy, monitored Meghan’s health closely, and happily helped her deliver a beautiful baby girl. Watch Meghan’s story below, then visit SimplyWomen to learn how we’re making women’s health care simple. #SimplyWomen

Dr. Delpapa: Managing Opioid Addiction During Pregnancy

With the continuous rise in opioid addiction, caregivers are seeing a growing number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers. In the Health Watch segment, below, Ellen Delpapa, MD, chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, explained how medical-assisted recovery treatments help curb a mother’s cravings which helps manage the level of withdrawal a baby will have to endure after birth. Dr. Delpapa cares for pregnant women battling opioid addiction at the Medical Center’s Green Clinic and the state-funded Moms Do Care resource program.

Medical Center Joins Debate Surrounding C-section Deliveries


Dr. Delpapa (Telegram & Gazette photo)

A recent study suggests that the optimal percentage rate for cesarean sections is higher than was previously expected. Discussing the study in a recent interview with the Telegram & Gazette, Ellen Delpapa, MD, medical director of labor and delivery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, stressed that the decision to deliver by C-section versus a vaginal birth is not a numbers game, but rather a decision that should be made according to a patient’s individual needs and history. Dr. Delpapa said, “We’re not playing for percentage. In the end, we’re dealing with one patient at a time.” Also featured in the article is Nina Walsh, of our Marketing and Communications Department, who shared her plans to have a C-section birth.