“Newborn Babies and Corona” – with Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup

Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, a neonatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital’s NICU, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting newborn babies in New York City. The NICU is facing challenges due to the virus, but Dr. Stroustrup and her team are adapting to the current situation to make sure moms and babies stay safe.

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The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on health care workers and hospitals, and that holds true for the NICU. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, director of the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, explains what her unit has done in response to the crisis and what changes they have seen in the recent weeks. In order to keep moms and babies safe, the NICU has had to take measures including requiring all staff members to wear masks, limiting visitors to come into the NICU one at a time, screening all visitors for the virus before they are permitted to enter, asking parents who have tested positive not to visit even if they are asymptomatic, and closing all visitor lounges. The NICU has also increased their coordination with OB/GYN and other units at the hospital. As Dr. Stroustrup says, “we have a skill set that is useful and we’re very happy to put it to good use.”  

Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup is a neonatologist and director of the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, and Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to teaching and seeing patients in the NICU, Dr. Stroustrup conducts research focused on the environment of the NICU and how it can be improved to foster babies’ development. Dr. Stroustrup received her MD from Harvard Medical School and an MPH from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Pediatrics and a Neonatal/Perinatal fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital.