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Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

In the neonatal intensive care unit, newborn care and family comfort are top priorities. Through family-centered care, we focus on including parents and family members in their baby’s medical care plan. Parents may spend as much time at their child’s bedside as they like. Siblings are welcome in the unit to spend time with their new brother or sister. During cold and flu season, immunization records will be requested in order to visit.

The NICU serves premature infants and babies born with conditions requiring advanced care or surgery. Kosair Children’s Hospital provides specialized care for some of our smallest patients in two NICU locations:

Learn more about what to expect in the NICU

NICU care team

The NICU nurseries at each campus are staffed by qualified teams of:

  • Neonatalogists and specially trained nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Clinical laboratory technicians
  • Neonatal nutritionists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Developmental specialists
  • Transport specialists

Special support for NICU families       
The NICU care team provides support services and resources to families with newborns in the NICU. Our team works to create an environment focused on patient- and family-centered care. Parent-to-parent support and family education are available to all of our families. Additional support services include:

  • Pastoral care
  • Social services
  • Discharge planning and case management
  • Family education about equipment use and newborn illnesses
  • Scrapbooking classes

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Family Centered Care

What is family centered care?

Newborn care and family comfort are top priorities in the Kosair Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. Through family-centered care, parents and family members are empowered to join in their baby's health care journey.

Tamina Singh, M.D. says that parents of babies being cared for in the NICU often feel powerless. Family-centered care encourages families and staff to work together to share knowledge -- which results in the highest quality of care.