Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Specialized Neonatal Care
Giving birth to a sick or premature baby is incredibly hard for any parent. But you can rest assured we have everything you need to get your little bundle healthy and ready to go home. If you give birth to a baby who needs extra medical attention, your child will go from the delivery room directly to our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The NICU has advanced technology and training to address these special needs. At Houston Northwest Medical Center, we have an anesthesiologist and neonatologist in-house 24 hours a day, along with high-tech incubators, monitoring systems and specialized treatments to keep them warm, safe and working toward coming home.
Our Level II NICU, in addition to providing basic care, has all of the capabilities of a Level I nursery. We can provide care for infants who are moderately ill with problems that are expected to resolve rapidly or who are recovering from serious illness treated in a level III (subspecialty) NICU.
Our level II NICU is able to:
- Provide care for infants born at 32 weeks gestation or older or a weight of 1500 g or greater who are moderately ill with problems expected to resolve quickly
- Provide care for infants who are feeding and growing stronger or recovering after intensive care
- Provide mechanical ventilation for a brief duration or continuous positive airway pressure
- Stabilize infants born before 32-weeks gestation and weighing less than 1500g until transfer to a neonatal intensive care facility
Who Needs the NICU?
The NICU is not designed for every baby, it is a special place for babies that need special attention. Babies that need care in the NICU are usually admitted within the first 24 hours after birth. Most babies admitted are premature, have a low birth weight, experienced difficulties during delivery or show signs of a problem shortly after birth. The length of time babies spend in the NICU depends on the severity of their conditions.
To find out more about the neonatal intensive care unit, or take a tour of our maternity department, call (855) 997-7246.