When your baby is born too early or has serious medical needs, your delivering hospital may send your child to Le Bonheur’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our unit offers the highest level of care (level IV) available in area NICUs.
We believe that children get better faster when they are surrounded by loved ones. That’s why all of our 60 patient rooms are private and have sleeping space for two family members.
We also have specially designed rooms for multiples. You’ll also find amenities like family rooms and a laundry room in the unit.
Our medical team in the NICU includes neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) and neonatal nurses. Our board-certified neonatologists are specially trained in the care of ill and premature newborns. Le Bonheur’s NNPs are board certified, advanced practice nurses with specialized education in neonatology. NNPs provide medical management and treatment for ill or premature newborns under supervision and in collaboration with neonatologists. Our neonatal nurses go through a distinctive, nationally standardized educational program with concentration on newborns in order to provide excellent, individualized nursing care for your baby.
We’re staffed by board-certified neonatologists and nurse practitioners 24 hours a day. Our NICU also gives newborns access to technology and a variety of medical subspecialists who collaborate to provide the best care possible.
We realize it takes a lot of people to care for your child. That’s why you’ll see a variety of medical professionals while at Le Bonheur. Our physical and occupational therapists are trained in newborn care. The Child Life team can provide age-appropriate education for your baby’s siblings about the infant’s illness. Professionally trained and licensed master social workers help patients and families with a variety of issues that may arise as a result of a child’s illness.
Every aspect of Le Bonheur is designed to help children and their families heal. From advanced respiratory care and surgical capabilities to sleeping space for two family members and a resource library, we have all the pieces in place to help your little one get better.
We support nursing mothers as much as we can. Almost 70 percent of our patients receive breast milk. We have a full-time certified lactation consultant who can help with any breastfeeding issues. The NICU has private pumping rooms, and hospital-grade breast pumps are available. We also have a safe system for expressed breast milk storage. In the event you can’t nurse your infant, Le Bonheur participates in a donor milk bank. This program gives infants access to safe, pasteurized donor breast milk.
We know that hearing from someone who has been in your shoes can be reassuring. Through the Parent Mentor Program, specially trained veteran NICU parents make regular rounds in the unit. These mentors help parents cope with the issues that come along with a hospitalized newborn. Parent support groups also meet regularly in the unit.