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Dr. Jennifer Covino loves caring for newborns, and as a new mom she has personal appreciation for the challenges new parents face. “As a pediatrician, we know what the textbooks say. Then all of a sudden it’s the middle of the night and you have a baby crying in your arms,” she says. She works with parents to try things that work in the moment. “There’s a level of experience that comes from being a mom that you don’t get from the books.”

Dr. Covino’s position at Northwestern Pediatrics gives her a chance to practice in a small community culture, where she can follow children right from the beginning through young adulthood.

She wants expectant parents to know that NMC serves many women with high risk pregnancies. Her office is right across the street from the Family Birth Center, so she or her colleagues can respond quickly if called. If a birthing mother has an unusual risk, they also have a close relationship with the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Vermont Medical Center. “But most of the time we don’t need to transition there,” she says.”



Did You Know?

NMC is Nationally Recognized…
Northwestern Medical Center is one of just two Vermont hospitals to earn the “Baby Friendly” accreditation, based on international maternal health standards and our record of support for successful breastfeeding.