Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
Having a baby hospitalized in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. At Woman’s Hospital, we offer your baby the experienced care and advanced technology needed and we offer you the emotional support and education you need to care for your infant.
Our NICU cares for newborns who are born too early or who have a life-threatening health condition. You will find 2 nurseries within NICU: Level 3 for the sickest babies, and Level 2, for less intense care. A board-certified neonatologist is on staff 24 hours a day to care for your baby.
Neonatal Intensive Care - Level 3
Sick or premature babies are admitted to the Level 3 nursery. Babies are kept in flat, open beds with a warmer overhead or incubators that provide heat to keep them warm. Most babies in Level 3 need help with their breathing. If so, they will be connected to a ventilator (breathing machine) or wear an oxygen hood. Most are fed with your breast milk or special formula through a feeding tube. Heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels are continuously monitored by machines so our team can change your baby’s care quickly. Babies are transferred to the Level 2 nursery when their condition improves and they no longer need intensive monitoring.
Neonatal Intermediate Care - Level 2
Babies born closer to their due date and those that have medical conditions that do not require intensive monitoring stay in the Level 2 nursery. Beds used here include radiant warmers, incubators and open cribs. Heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and temperature are monitored less frequently and nutrition may be given by I.V., tube feeding, bottle-feeding or breast-feeding. Babies are discharged home from this nursery or may be transferred to our newborn nursery if their mother is still hospitalized.
We invite you to ask questions. After all, you are the most essential person in your baby’s care. We encourage you to visit as often as possible – to hold, touch, talk to and care for your baby as their condition allows.
Our NICU is located close to the mother’s room, so moms and dads can visit their newborn easily.
Parents may call the NICU any time to ask about their baby. When you call, ask for the nurse caring for your baby and use the last name of the baby's mother. We realize grandparents and other family members are concerned; however, to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our families, we only give information to the parents of the baby.
Level 3 – (713) 791-7366
Level 2 – (713) 791-7411 East Tower or (713) 791-7331 West Tower
Social Worker – (713) 791-7149 or (713) 791-7507
Child Life Services – (713) 791-7165
Learn some basic terms using our NICU glossary and about the health care professionals on your baby’s team. We invite you to attend our weekly support group meetings to meet other parents with babies in NICU.