Pregnancy and childbirth can be as complex as they are remarkable. That’s why it’s important to plan for anything, including specialized care for your baby. Our Level II NICU, a special care nursery, will open in Fall 2019, and will be just steps from our Labor and Delivery rooms to provide specialized care for our tiniest patients.

Having advanced care resources onsite is reassuring to families. Our neonatology providers and specially trained NICU nurses will care for babies who need a little extra help. A Level II NICU, also called a special care nursery, offers support for babies born a little early, experiencing mild respiratory problems or minor conditions such as jaundice, as well as babies who cannot stay warm on their own and need to be in an incubator, and babies that aren’t strong enough to feed on their own. StoneSprings Hospital will have five beds onsite with access to higher-level NICU care if needed.

What is the neonatal intensive care unit?

Newborn babies who need advanced medical attention are admitted into a special area within the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced equipment and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for our tiniest patients.

Giving birth to a premature baby or one experiencing a minor issue can be quite unexpected for parents. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and equipment in the NICU can be overwhelming. Our team, led by neonatology practitioners explain each step of care to parents to make the adjustment more comfortable.

The assurance of care close to home

Our NICU team will care for babies who need extra medical attention. We will specialize in:

  • Babies born a little early (between 32-35 weeks)
  • Smaller-than-average babies (birth weight as little as 3.3 pounds)
  • Mild respiratory problems that, with proper care, resolve within 24 hours
  • Minor conditions, such as jaundice, that don’t require urgent subspecialty care
  • Moderate complications that occur during labor and delivery, including small amounts of meconium in the lungs
  • Babies who can’t stay warm on their own and need to be placed in an incubator
  • Babies who aren’t yet strong enough to feed on their own