Neonatal Care (NICU)
We understand. Many new parents or even experienced parents face anxiety when their baby is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Initially, it may feel frightening, even foreign; however, understanding you are the most important health care team member is essential to your baby’s health. Rest assured our team of doctors, nurses and other caregivers in the unit will do their best to provide emotional support for you while caring for your infant’s medical needs.
We invite you to ask questions; it’s important. The NICU staff is prepared to answer your questions. Our team consists of healthcare professionals who are here to help your baby and support you. While we pride ourselves in providing exceptional healthcare, you give your baby love and comfort. You are an essential part of your baby’s care. We encourage you to visit as often as possible – to hold, touch, talk to and take care of your baby as their condition allows.
What is the NICU? Our NICU is a twenty-two bed intensive care unit designed for newborns in need of specialized care because they are still developing. We offer two levels of NICU : Level II (intermediate care) and Level III (intensive care). Both are designed to assist your baby’s continue d growth and development in a safe and caring environment.
At Kingwood Medical Center, our Neonatologists work with Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, who are on the unit 24/7, along with other specially-trained Registered Nurses to monitor and care for each baby in the unit. Neonatologists diagnose and treat medical conditions in newborns, coordinate the medical care and management of premature and critically ill infants, and provide care to newborns during a complicated delivery.
Our NICU is conveniently located close to the mothers’ rooms, so moms and dads can visit their newborn without even having to take off their slippers! The family-centered unit encourages skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent through “Kangaroo Care,” and breastfeeding also is strongly encouraged.
From the courageous spirits of our littlest NICU babies to the compassionate hearts of our healthcare workers, our NICU is about commitment to life. Until the babies in our NICU are strong and healthy enough to go home to their families, they are part of ours.