No parent plans or intends on having their baby stay in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). But if that should become necessary, we want you to rest assured that Lovelace Women’s Hospital is here for you and your baby with the best available care.
In our NICU, a skilled medical and nursing staff cares for infants at the age of viability, as young as 23 weeks gestation. Board-certified neonatologists lead a specialized team of nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers and other caregivers who work together to provide the best, most advanced and compassionate care for your baby.
Our expanded 53-bed NICU offers state-of-the-art technological support in a quiet, home-like environment with 24/7 in-house neonatologist coverage and a knowledgeable, caring NICU nursing staff.
Additional NICU features include:
- NICU-specialized respiratory therapists
- Trained physical & occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to help facilitate feeding and swallowing success and ensure proper positioning and movement
- Ophthalmology and cardiopulmonary specialists to provide testing, monitoring and, if needed, intervention
- Open visiting hours to encourage and support your involvement in the care of your baby
- Parent and family lounge equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, television, and coffee available around the clock
- Case management and social services
- Neonatal nutrition care and dietary counseling
- Developmental rehabilitation
- Lactation consultants
- Lactation room for privacy
- Consultations with pediatric specialists if needed
- Isolation rooms
- Skin-to-skin care (kangaroo care)
- Coffee hour for NICU families
- Family support services
- Support from community resources, including partnerships with Ronald McDonald House and Casa Esperanz, to provide temporary housing for out-of town parents
- March of Dimes liaison to assist with family support and integration
- Complete discharge education, including infant CPR training, to ensure a successful transition from the NICU to home
- Overnight transition rooms for parents who need further education and preparation before going home
In the event that your baby is born prematurely or needs special care, our state-of-the-art NICU is here to serve you.
For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, our Maternal Fetal Medicine program includes prenatal diagnosis and consultation, specialized fetal care, and a full range of diagnostic testing.