Babies who are born close to or before their due date, and those who have medical conditions requiring less-intensive monitoring, stay in our intermediate nursery. Beds here include radiant warmers, incubators, and open cribs. Heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and temperature are monitored less frequently, and nutrition may be given by I.V., tube feeding, bottle-feeding, or breastfeeding. Babies may go home from this nursery or may be transferred to our newborn nursery if their mother is still hospitalized.

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.

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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.