Most babies enter this world completely healthy. For the times when a newborn needs extra support, our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) stands ready.
The NICU is located in the South Tower near our maternity unit, so moms and dads can visit their newborn without having to take off their slippers. The family-centered unit encourages skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent through “Kangaroo Care,” and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged.
Our neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and specially-trained registered nurses monitor and care for each baby in the unit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is a NICU?
NICU stands for neonatal intensive care unit and it’s a highly specialized nursery for infants that need extra help or monitoring. Kingwood Medical Center offers both a Level II NICU (intermediate care) and a Level III NICU (intensive care). Both levels support your baby’s growth and development in a safe, caring environment.
Neonatologists are specialist physicians who 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.
Supporting Parents Too
As parents, you are the most important health care team member when it comes to their baby’s health. That’s why the Kingwood Medical Center NICU team has a goal of supporting you as well as caring for your infant.
It’s normal for parents to feel anxious when their baby is admitted to the NICU. Even experienced parents may find it frightening and foreign at first. Our NICU team works with you to get past these feelings so that you can be there for our newborn.
You are an essential part of your baby’s care. While we pride ourselves in providing exceptional healthcare, you give your baby love and comfort. We encourage you to visit as often as possible – to hold, touch, talk to and take care of your baby as their condition allows.
It’s also important for you to understand your newborn’s condition and what is being done to help. All of the healthcare professionals care for your child will encourage you to ask questions and will take the time to make sure you understand the answers.
Contacting a NICU Family
Trying to reach a family currently using our NICU? Call (281) 348-8441.
Women & Children’s Center
The new Women & Children Center at Kingwood Medical Center provides level II and level III NICU services with families in mind. It’s located on site with our postpartum and pediatric units with close “easy-in/easy-out” parking so that families can be together while their littlest members are in our care. Watch the video for more information and a tour.
Women & Children’s Education & Support
Educating new parents and families is a key goal or our maternity services team. Get a full listing of our education and support programs.
Find a Doctor
See if your OB/GYN has privileges at Kingwood Medical Center (or find one that does). Search our doctors and schedule your appointment online: Search & Schedule