FAQ - NICU

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

What is a Level III-B NICU?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Level III-B NICU is able to:

  • Provide comprehensive care for infants less than 28 weeks gestation and less then 1,000 grams birth weight
  • Provide advanced respiratory support, such as high-frequency ventilation or inhaled nitric oxide
  • Perform major surgical procedures on neonates (excluding ECMO and repaid of complex congenital heart defects requiring cardiopulmonary bypass)
  • Provide prompt and onsite access to a full-range of pediatric subspecialty consultants as well as pediatric surgical and anesthesia specialists
  • Provide advanced imaging support on an urgent basis including CT, MRI, and echocardiography

How long will my baby be in the NICU?

The requirements for discharge are based on weight gain, eating food by mouth, and maintaining temperature in an open crib.

When can I hold my baby?

Holding your baby is beneficial to both you and your baby. We much make sure that you baby is stable enough to tolerate being moved out of the bed and held, but don't be afraid to ask one of the nurses if your baby is ready to be held.

When can I visit?

Visiting is permitted at all times, except during nursing shift change (6:30 - 7:30 in the morning and evening.)

Can my other children visit?

Yes! Siblings at least 12 years of age may visit, and should be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 3-12 are permitted to visit following a routine screening.

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