NICU Services to Help You Care for Your Baby
Our team can evaluate your baby's developmental needs and create a care plan to support your child.
Ongoing parent education
We provide education and support to teach you how to meet the special needs of your baby. For details, you can review our special NICU version of our book Becoming a Family (en Español). We also have a number of book and website resources that might be helpful. You can also read the full version of our Becoming a Family book (your healthcare provider likely gave you a copy), which offers lots of details about our general birthing services, your birth and recovery, infant feeding, mom care, exercise and nutrition as well as many local resources.
We have certified lactation counselors and educational materials to help you breast-feed your new baby. A certified lactation counselor will meet with you before or soon after you deliver your baby. She will answer questions, ensure that pumping gets started and provide information on realistic expectations for breastfeeding.
Throughout your baby's hospital stay, the certified lactation counselor will evaluate your milk supply, help solve any problems that may arise, assist with difficult latch-on issues, answer questions and provide discharge planning help when your baby is ready to go home. Follow-up will also be provided after you go home to make sure things are going smoothly.
Our nurses will teach you how to perform infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). And an infant CPR class is also provided weekly for families with babies in the NICU.
Our social workers can provide information on local and regional community services, especially if your baby has special needs.