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Neonatal Intensive Care | NICU

Having a sick or premature baby who needs care in the NICU is very scary for new parents. NICU providers help families feel comfortable and safe while their baby gets the special care he or she needs. The NICU provides a high level of care by skilled specialists to ensure the best outcomes for sick or premature babies.

Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The 31-bed NICU at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital provides skilled care for newborn babies.  The NICU works closely with Maine Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Practice to ensure mothers and infants get the best care when they need it.

What is neonatal intensive care (NICU)?

Problems can arise before, during, and after delivery that cause a baby’s body not to function as it should. The neonatal intensive care unit, or the NICU, is a special area in a hospital that focuses on the critical care of newborns.

The doctors and nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provide a high level of care for babies born prematurely or with a serious medical condition that requires constant attention.

Neonatal intensive care screenings for newborns

NICUs have rapid procedures and tests to get parents answers. Safe diagnostic imaging and quick lab testing can provide doctors and families with answers and ensure the best treatment.

Complete OB-GYN care

MaineHealth provides obstetrics and gynecology services at doctor’s offices, specialty clinics and community hospitals. The OB-GYNs at MaineHealth provide women’s reproductive care that is skilled and compassionate.

There can be many factors that cause problems in a newborn. The mother of the baby may have risk factors that cause the baby to be at risk. Complications during delivery could also play a part in the baby’s health. Babies may be born with a serious health condition that requires immediate attention.

Examples of conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Apnea of prematurity

  • Feeding issues

  • Congenital anomalies

  • Congenital heart defects

  • Newborn infections, such as pneumonia or sepsis

  • Newborn surgical problems

  • Respiratory distress

  • Respiratory distress syndrome

  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

Doctors fully include parents in the diagnostic process and will work with them to get their baby efficient, compassionate care.