Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides an individualized, compassionate healing environment by caring for patients ranging from critically ill premature infants to full-term infants with minor illnesses.
Our highly trained team attends every C-Section and high-risk delivery, transports infants to and from St. Mary’s when transfers are required, and commonly treats respiratory distress, sepsis (overwhelming infections), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and complications of prematurity. The expert care provided by St. Mary’s NICU allows families to keep their babies close by and in the same building as the Family Birth Center.
To protect you and your newborn, St. Mary’s uses cutting-edge technology to provide security in the NICU. All NICU staff have special badge access and each infant is given a security transmitter when they are no longer critically ill. The transmitter sends a signal when the infant is near a stairwell or exit to alert staff and protect your baby.
The St. Mary’s NICU is a Level II NICU, and is equipped with the latest lifesaving technology and high-quality amenities.
- Pull-out couches turn into beds if parents wish to room-in
- Nine private, soothing, and quiet, rooms can accommodate up to two infants (allowing twins to remain together)
- Lighting technology (diurnal lighting) to ensure infants experience the normal rhythms of day and night
- With the additional observation area, the unit can accommodate more than 20 infants and the most up-to-date equipment and supplies
- Complete lactation support, including available breast pumps for mothers of NICU patients if needed
- Our staff supports a family centered approach to care, with our NICU staff partnering with parents and guardians in decision-making and care being provided. Parents have the ability to meet with their baby’s neonatologist, nurse practitioners, NICU nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, and chaplains, and also have 24 hour access to the NICU. Visitors are welcome (when accompanied by a parent), and must be free of infection or fever.
Breastfeeding and Lactation Support
St. Mary’s Certified Lactation Consultants will work with you and your baby to make every effort for your baby to receive your breastmilk, which can be instrumental in supporting your baby’s health and immunity. If your baby is unable to breastfeed, which is common with extremely premature or sick babies, our lactation consultants will teach you how to pump to supply your breastmilk to your baby. St. Mary’s NICU will store your breastmilk for your baby’s feedings. As your baby grows and develops, our St. Mary’s Certified Lactation Consultants can work with pumping moms to transition from pumping to breastfeeding when appropriate. To learn more, click here.