Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) are designed for newborns born prematurely, preterm or term infants who are very sick, or at high risk for becoming sick. About 10 to 15 percent of babies born in the U.S. are treated in the NICU. Some of the reasons babies are admitted to the NICU are: premature birth, difficult delivery, breathing problems, infections and birth defects.
For these newborns special care is needed for monitoring, breathing, circulation, infection, or other conditions. Some babies who are born extremely premature may stay for months. Other babies who are placed in the NICU only for monitoring may stay a few days or just overnight.
The NICU allows your baby to be cared for 24 hours a day by a team of doctors, allied health professionals and nurses specially trained to care for special babies.