New Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit now open
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, is just steps from our labor and delivery rooms to provide specialized care for our tiniest patients.
Contact our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 226-7344 to learn more about our new NICU and the care we provide for newborns.
Having advanced care resources onsite is reassuring to families. The unit has five beds and advanced equipment for newborn care and is staffed with providers from Children’s National in Washington D.C., which has been ranked highest in the nation for neonatal care three years in a row by U.S. News and World Report. StoneSprings Hospital will have access to higher-level NICU care at our sister facility, Reston Hospital Center, 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 healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for our smallest 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, will explain each step of care to parents to help ease anxieties and increase their involvement.
The assurance of care close to home
The NICU team at StoneSprings Hospital will care for babies who need extra medical attention. Our team will specialize in:
- Babies born prematurely (between 32 to 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