The newborn intensive care unit (NICU)
NICU stands for newborn intensive care unit. This is a nursery in a hospital that provides around-the-clock care to sick or premature babies. It has health care providers who have special training and equipment to give your baby the best possible care.
Find out about levels of medical care that NICUs provide and what level your baby needs. Learn about equipment that your baby may need and what you can do to be involved in your baby’s care. You can feed your baby and use kangaroo care to get close to him, even in the NICU.
You may feel scared and confused about your baby’s condition. It’s OK to feel like you do. Learn about resources and support that can help you and your family while your baby’s in the NICU. Visit shareyourstory.org, the March of Dimes online community for families to share experiences with prematurity, birth defects or loss.
In This Topic
- A dad's role in the NICU
- Common conditions treated in the NICU
- Common NICU equipment
- Common tests in the NICU
- Communicating with your baby’s health care providers in the NICU
- Continuing medical care after the NICU
- Coping with stress in the NICU
- Feeding your baby after the NICU
- Feeding your baby in the NICU
- Getting ready to go home from the NICU
- Getting services for your baby after the NICU
- Grandparents and the NICU
- Home after the NICU
- Including your other children in the NICU
- Learning your baby's cues
- NICU staff
- Paying for your baby's NICU stay
- Touching and holding your baby in the NICU
- Your baby's NICU stay