The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Health Library

Feb 18, 2018
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What is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)?

A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a specialized unit within a hospital that provides intensive medical care for high-risk newborn infants. The NICU is equipped with advanced medical technology and staffed with healthcare professionals who have specialized training in caring for premature and critically ill infants.

Importance of NICU Care for High-Risk Newborns

High-risk newborns require specialized care and monitoring due to various factors such as premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, respiratory problems, and other medical conditions. The NICU plays a crucial role in providing immediate medical intervention, advanced treatments, and round-the-clock monitoring to ensure the best possible outcomes for these fragile infants.

Comprehensive NICU Services

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Furstenberg Michael Dr offers a wide range of comprehensive services to meet the unique needs of high-risk newborns. Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals including neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialists work collaboratively to provide personalized care and support to each infant and their families.

Our NICU Services include:

  • 24/7 expert medical care
  • Advanced respiratory support
  • Neonatal surgery and specialized procedures
  • Monitoring for vital signs and developmental milestones
  • Parent education and support
  • Transition planning for smoother post-NICU care
  • Collaboration with other pediatric specialists
  • Follow-up care and developmental assessments

Specialized Care for Various Conditions

Our NICU is equipped to handle a wide range of conditions that may affect high-risk newborns:


Premature birth, before 37 weeks of gestation, can pose significant challenges for a newborn's health and development. Our NICU provides specialized care to help premature infants thrive and reach important developmental milestones.

Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)

RDS is a common breathing disorder among premature infants, characterized by a lack of surfactant in the lungs. Our NICU offers advanced respiratory support, including surfactant replacement therapy, mechanical ventilation, and non-invasive respiratory therapies.

Birth Defects

Some infants are born with structural or functional anomalies known as birth defects. Our NICU team has experience in managing a wide range of congenital conditions and works closely with other pediatric specialists to provide comprehensive care.


Newborns, especially those born prematurely, are at higher risk of developing infections. In the NICU, we prioritize infection prevention and provide prompt treatment for any suspected or diagnosed infections to ensure the well-being of our patients.


Jaundice, characterized by yellowing of the skin and eyes, is common in newborns. Severe jaundice can lead to complications. Our NICU offers specialized phototherapy and monitoring to manage neonatal jaundice effectively.

Family-Centered Care

At Furstenberg Michael Dr, we understand that having a newborn in the NICU can be a challenging and stressful experience for families. That's why we prioritize family-centered care and provide support and resources to ensure families are involved in their infant's care and decision-making process.

Our NICU team encourages parental involvement in the care of their newborns, including skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care), breastfeeding support, and regular communication with healthcare providers to address any concerns or questions.


The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Furstenberg Michael Dr is dedicated to providing exceptional care for high-risk newborns. Our specialized team, state-of-the-art facilities, and comprehensive services ensure the well-being and optimal development of these fragile infants.

If you have any questions or concerns about our NICU services, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you and your family every step of the way.