Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The birth of a baby is an amazing event, yet one that also places significant demands on the body (and emotions) of mom and baby. In some cases, your newest little family member may greet the world early, undergo a difficult delivery, or be born with an illness. Fortunately, our level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is equipped to provide these precious little ones with the advanced care they need.
Your baby is our priority in the NICU, but we also understand the importance of your physical and emotional health to your baby’s recovery. We know that the sight and sounds of a NICU can be overwhelming. Remember, we’re with you each step of the way.
What is a NICU?
A neonatal intensive care unit is designed for newborn babies who need advanced medical attention. Our NICU combines advanced technology with a compassionate healthcare team to care for our tiniest patients.
Some of the technology in our NICU includes isolettes (incubators), sophisticated monitoring equipment, phototherapy and ventilators. Our NICU team can explain what all of the monitors, tubes, tests, and machines do to help ease your transition into the new environment. While the equipment may seem overwhelming, don't let them keep you from interacting with your baby. Bonding with your baby in the NICU is as important as bonding with any newborn, sometimes even more so. Our team can help you learn the best way to do it based on your baby’s condition.
If your baby needs a more advanced form of care, we can transfer him or her to the closest advanced-care NICU. Our specially-equipped ambulances are designed to provide a safe transition from one location to another.
Who Will Care for my Baby?
Our NICU is directed by board-certified neonatologists and staffed around-the-clock by neonatal nurse practitioners and registered nurses to provide your baby the love and medical care he or she needs. Other support staff, such as pharmacists and lab technicians, are available to assist with your baby’s care.
We understand that your family is at the core of your baby’s healing and know the importance of working with you during your child’s recovery. You can be with your baby at any time, and we encourage you to visit frequently. Yet we also encourage you to remember your own needs and the needs of the rest of your family.
When it is time for your baby to leave one of our specialty care units, our discharge team will help ease the transition to home.