Neonatal Intensive Care
Having a baby is an exciting, emotional experience. If your baby is born premature or faces other health challenges, you can rely on the highly skilled team of experts in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Bronson Children’s Hospital. Your precious newborn will receive specialized care 24/7. And even when you can't be here, you'll be able to check-in on your little one through our NICU camera system.
Advanced treatments for your newborn
Whether your newborn is among the tiniest of premature patients, or a full-term infant in need of special care, you can rely on our team to use advanced technology to help your baby overcome almost any challenge he or she might face including:
- Respiratory distress
- Feeding problems
- Conditions that require surgical care
Comfort and privacy to protect your baby’s health
The NICU is a unique care environment. You’ll find comfort spending time with your newborn in our all-private rooms. Research shows that private rooms help reduce hospital-acquired infections, which is one of our top priorities. We take extra precautions to prevent infections like:
- Cleaning your hospital room every morning
- Sanitizing our hands before and after we care for your baby
- Encouraging the use of breast milk, which helps your baby fight infection
- Reducing the use of antibiotics, which helps build your baby’s immune system. In fact, our antibiotic stewardship team was awarded the Michigan Health and Hospital Association's Advancing Safe Care Award.
- Disinfecting all nursing stations and medical equipment
- Establishing policies to protect your baby’s health through our neonatal infection prevention committee
Customized technology for premature babies
Sometimes your premature newborn may not have enough body fat to help keep his or her body warm. That’s why we have special double-sided incubators to help monitor and maintain a normal body temperature. If your baby is especially tiny, we may also regulate the humidity levels to prevent skin from drying out.
Your baby’s care team of neonatal experts
Your baby’s care team in the Bronson NICU is made up of dedicated and highly skilled professionals. In fact, everyone who works in the NICU is licensed by the State of Michigan and has received additional, specialized education to work with babies who need neonatal intensive care.
Neonatologists specialize in providing care to newborn, premature, or ill infants – they are available to your baby 24-hours a day, every day. They also act as a resource for your pediatrician and family doctor, answering questions and assisting with babies who can be cared for at the hospitals in their own community.
Specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists are present at all times to make sure that your infant is breathing effectively and resting safely. Resident physicians training to be pediatricians and neonatal nurse practitioners also care for patients.
In addition to the team of experts, you'll have the resources you need to provide direct care for your baby while you visit. This NICU parent guide helps you to know what to expect and how to nurture your baby while in the NICU. This NICU parent booklet acts as a workbook to use during your baby's stay in the NICU.
Support for your high-risk delivery
If you are facing a high-risk delivery, NICU staff will be at your Bronson BirthPlace delivery room to make sure that all babies get off to a good start. If you give birth at a regional hospital and learn that your child needs advanced care, a highly-qualified transport team is ready to bring your baby to Bronson.