Sick or premature babies are often admitted to the advanced nursery, where they are kept in flat, open beds with a warmer overhead, or incubators that provide heat to keep them warm. Most babies in the advanced NICU need help with their breathing. If this is the case, they will be connected to a ventilator or receive oxygen via other methods.

Your baby can be fed with your pumped breast milk or special formula through a feeding tube. Heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen levels are continuously monitored by machines, so our team can adjust your baby’s care quickly when needed.

Babies are transferred to the intermediate nursery when their condition improves, and they no longer need intensive monitoring. We invite you to ask questions. We encourage you to visit as often as possible – to hold, touch, talk to, and care for your baby as his or her condition allows.

Parents may call the NICU any time to ask about their baby. However, we ask that you avoid calling during shift change (6:45am to 7:45am and 6:45pm to 7:45pm) when possible. When you call, ask for the nurse caring for your baby, and use the last name of the baby's mother. You will be asked for the security code which was given to you upon admission to the unit. To protect the privacy and confidentiality of our families, we only give information when the correct code is provided. Before sharing your code, please consider carefully who should have access to your baby’s medical information.

Advanced NICU East Tower (3rd Floor) (713) 791-7366
Advanced NICU West Tower (4th Floor) (713) 363-6428

Language assistance services are available to you at no charge. We also provide communication equipment and services for hearing-impaired patients. Please let the admitting staff know you would like an interpreter, or make arrangements in advance by calling our patient advocacy department at (713) 791-7287.