Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs)
Most expectant parents don’t plan on complications during birth. But in the event that your newborn needs extra care, Centura Health neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) can provide the specialized care your child needs. Our team of NICU doctors, nurses and health care professionals provide personal, loving attention to infants born prematurely or with a health condition.
Our NICU Care Team
The expert staff at every Centura Health birth center can identify when your baby needs the specialized care provided by a NICU facility.
Our team of compassionate, experienced NICU specialists includes:
- Neonatologists (doctors who specialize in the care of sick newborns)
- Perinatologists (doctors who specialize in maternal-fetal care)
- Neonatal nurses
- Neonatal nurse practitioners (available 24/7)
- Developmental specialists
- Respiratory therapists
Many members of our NICU staff, including neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs), offer more than 20 years of experience. These NNPs attend all high-risk deliveries and are involved throughout your baby’s entire stay at the hospital.
Levels of Neonatal Care
Not all neonatal care facilities offer the same types of care. Depending on your baby’s condition, a different level of care may be appropriate for his or her needs.
Level I Facilities (Well Newborn Nurseries)
Level I facilities provide a basic level of care for infants who are at a lower level of risk. Infants at level I facilities are typically born at 35 to 37 weeks’ gestation and are stable, meaning they’re able to breathe on their own and maintain their own body temperature. Level I facilities can also provide limited care for infants who are ill or born before 35 weeks, until a time comes that they can be transferred to a higher-level facility.
Level II Facilities (Special Care Nurseries)
Level II facilities generally care for infants who are stable or moderately ill. These babies are either born at 32 weeks or later or weigh over 1,500 grams (3.3 pounds) and have health problems that are expected to resolve rapidly. Infants at level II facilities may not be able to maintain their own body temperature to take oral feedings. All level II facilities must have equipment and personnel available around the clock to provide care and address emergencies.
Level III Facilities (NICUs)
Level III facilities care for infants who are premature or have severe medical problems. Admitted infants are born at less than 32 weeks’ gestation, weight less than 1,500 grams (3.3 pounds) at birth or have a medical condition that requires a higher level of care. Level III NICUs have continuously available personnel and equipment to provide life support as necessary.
Level IV Facilities (Regional NICUs)
Level IV facilities are similar to their level III counterparts, but have additional capabilities to care for the most critical infants. These facilities are generally limited to infants needing surgical procedures. While Centura Health does not offer level IV NICUs, we would transfer care to the expertise of a local level IV NICU should your baby need this highest level of expertise.