In the St. Vincent neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), our smallest patients receive care tailored to their specific medical needs.
For the parents of premature infants, birth and what comes after can be quite worrisome, but giving birth at St. Vincent means no matter what situation arises, large or small, it can be handled right here.
While most pregnancies go according to plan, it never hurts to be prepared. Knowing what happens in the NICU can alleviate stress that may arise if you ever need its services.
Whether an infant is in the NICU because he or she is born prematurely, because of health concerns, or because there were problems during delivery, most are admitted to the NICU within 24 hours of being born.
Your baby will be in an incubator, meant to keep him or her warm. Premature infants lack the necessary body fat to regulate their own temperatures. Don’t be scared by the tubes, wires and equipment that will occasionally make loud noises. Rather, make it a point to get to know your baby’s nurses, and ask them questions. They’ll be happy to point out things like which wires measure your baby’s heart rate, and which tubes help feed your baby or provide medication.
With a team of more than 25 neonatologists, specially trained Newborn Intensive Care nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and pediatric subspecialists from our partner Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, the NICU provides comprehensive care for our patients who need it most. We also offer a top-notch neonatal surgery suite and a lactation support program.
Because we know bonding is critical at the beginning of life, we strive to provide family-centered care even in the NICU setting. It’s not just the medical care that promotes your baby’s growth and development—it’s your presence and the connection you share.