Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a state-of-the-art, Level IV, 43-bed unit. More than 700 infants with various health problems are cared for in this unit each year.
When a baby's condition improves, they may be transferred to the Newborn Progressive Care Unit in preparation for going home. This 16-bed unit allows families more privacy while still having access to NICU level care.
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff includes:
- Neonatologists - doctors who specialize in the care of critically ill infants and are trained to treat a wide variety of health problems.
- Neonatal fellows - doctors in training in the specialty of neonatology.
- Neonatal nurse practitioner - an advanced practice nurse with specialized education in planning and coordinating the care of critically ill infants.
- Clinical nurse specialist - an advanced practice nurse focused on teaching, best nursing practices and conducting research.
- Residents - doctors who are in training to be pediatricians.
- Neonatal registered nurses - nurses who have had training in the care of critically ill infants and their families.
- Respiratory care practitioners - health care professionals with special training in the care of critically ill infants.
Services available to support you:
- Lactation consultants are available to answer questions and assist mothers in breastfeeding their infants.
- Speech and feeding teams help infants learn to suck and eat properly.
- Occupational and physical therapists are available to assist in the growth and development of infants.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation trainers are available to teach CPR before parents take their infant home.
- A Neonatal Follow-up Program tracks the growth and development of infants after they leave the hospital.
- Social workers are available to assist with general or financial concerns.
- Children's Transport team members make up a specialized medical team that brings babies from other medical centers to Children's Hospital.
- Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin to coordinate all the care a pregnant mother needs if she or her infant are at high risk or have a known problem.
Our NICU features:
- Private newborn bed spaces.
- Bed spaces specially designed to care for infants from admission to discharge.
- Special pods for twins and triplets to allow families to stay together during care.
- Ability to perform certain procedures at the patient's bedside.
- Rooms that allow parents to practice caring for their baby before he or she goes home.
- Family computer and kitchen area.
- Breast pumping rooms for privacy.
- Specialized freezers for breast milk storage.
- In-unit pharmacy with staff that is specially trained in the unique needs of NICU babies.
Visiting your baby
We recognize the importance of the entire family in caring for a sick baby. We encourage hands-on participation and input in creating a plan of care. Parents and grandparents may visit 24 hours a day. Please ask your baby's nurse about our visitation guidelines.