Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Where will my baby stay?
Our NICU is divided into two units, the Level III NICU which is located on the second floor and the Level II NICU which is on the first floor. Each unit is arranged into care pods so the same group of nurses will care for your baby 24 hours a day. To ensure the comfort of parents and family members during each baby’s stay, there are comfortable chairs for you to sit near your baby and space to display cards and family pictures.
How is my baby being monitored?
While in the NICU there are numerous different types of monitoring medical equipment that can be used to treat and monitor each baby. The specialized equipment that is used will alert members of the NICU team when to adjust treatment and if there are any changes to the baby’s status.
Some equipment you may see near your baby includes:
Who will care for my baby?
Our team provides care to babies in the NICU 24 hours a day. In our NICU, our team consists of specially trained neonatologists, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, social workers, nutritionists, respiratory and developmental therapists, and pharmacists. You'll get to know them well! At any time, you can ask to speak to your baby's doctor, nurse or other member of our care team.
What’s a typical day in the NICU like?
In the NICU, we are dedicated to treating each baby based on the care plan that is tailored to their specific needs. A physician will lead rounds once a day with each baby’s team of nurses and other healthcare professionals to review their status and adjust treatment as needed. Nurses are available around the clock to answer any questions family members have regarding their baby’s health and treatment.
What are the visitation policies?
Parents and legal guardians may visit the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guests must receive a badge from security before entering the inpatient areas. Only guests designated by the patient’s parents will be allowed in the unit. A limit of 2 guests are allowed at the bedside due to space and noise limitations. All guests must be healthy when visiting so as not to spread any germs to the babies in the unit.
What is my role in the care of your child?
Each baby in our NICU is unique and each is treated as such by our team of healthcare professionals. We are dedicated to creating individualized care plans that are specific to each baby and family. We understand the vital role family members play in the care of each baby and encourage family members to provide input when creating treatment plans.