1. Health

In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Information about the people and procedures found in the NICU. Includes information on how to talk to the doctors and nurses, what questions you should ask, and what procedures and tests are commonly performed in the NICU. Information about alarms and equipment is also included.

All About The NICU
Describes what a NICU is and the different levels of NICU care, and introduces parents to the staff who care for infants in the NICU.

Equipment and Procedures in the NICU
Equipment and procedures used in the neonatal intensive care unit.

When Can I Hold My Premature Baby
Holding your premature baby for the first time is an important NICU milestone. These signs will help you know when you can finally hold your preemie.

Lumbar Puncture in Babies
A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is a common procedure in the NICU.

Blood Gasses in the NICU
A blood gas is a test to measure the acid/base balance in your baby's blood. This test is a common procedure in the NICU.

Becoming a Neonatal Nurse in the NICU
Neonatal nurses care for babies in the NICU. Learn about neonatal nursing, its salary, and how to become a NICU nurse.

Neonatal Care and NICU Levels
Defines the different NICU levels and levels of neonatal care, from well baby nursery to level 4 NICU.

Bonding in the NICU
Bonding with your baby is one of the greatest joys of parenting. For parents of premature babies, though, bonding is often interrupted. Even in the NICU, there are plenty of oppurtunities for parents to bond with their babies.

Respitatory Support in the NICU
In the NICU, premature babies often need help to breathe or to maintain good blood oxygen levels. Many different types of respiratory support are available for babies who need different levels of help.

What is ECMO in the NICU?
Defines and answers questions about ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, as it's used in the NICU for sick babies and for preemies.

Blood Transfusions in the NICU
Answers questions that parents may have if their sick or premature baby needs a blood transfusion in the NICU.

Gifts for Nurses
Great gifts for nurses during Nurses' Week, the holiday season, graduation, and more.

What is a Level 3 NICU?
Defines a level III NICU, also called a subspecialty neonatal care center or Level 3 NICU.

What Is a Level 4 NICU?
Defines a level 4 NICU, or level IV NICU, and how it is different from other levels of NICU care.

NICU - Parenting Tips for Coping With Respiratory Support
In the NICU, infants may be on several different types of respiratory support. Parents share what types of respiratory support their babies needed and how they coped with having babies who needed help to breathe.

Bonding - Preemie Bonding Tips from NICU Parents
Even when a NICU stay causes parents and babies to be separated, there are many ways for parents to bond with their babies. Readers share their NICU bonding tips.

NICU - One Thing I Wish I'd Known About the NICU
The NICU is a unique environment, and it can take parents a while to feel settled there. Readers share their stories about what they learned about the NICU.

Gifts for Nurses - Readers' Favorite Gifts for NICU Nurses
Readers share their favorite ideas for gifts for nurses.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
This article, published by Driscoll Children's Hospital in Texas, explains what a NICU is, what babies need NICU care, and what health care workers care for infants in their NICU.

What Is a Micro Preemie?
Micro preemie is a name for the smallest, earliest preemies. These babies are very immature at birth, and are at risk for a number of health problems.

What is a Very Premature Baby?
Answers readers questions about premature babies, including questions about long and short term health problems of prematurity. Focuses on babies born between 27 and 30 weeks gestation.

What Is a Moderately Preterm Baby?
A moderately preterm baby is one born between about 31 and 34 weeks gestational age. Moderately preterm babies need NICU care in the early weeks and may have long or short term health problems related to their prematurity.

NICU Consultants and Support Staff
Neonatologists and nurses aren't the only healthcare workers you'll meet while your baby is in the NICU. This extensive list of support staff and consultants will help parents learn who does what in the NICU.

NICU Photo Gallery
About.com's Guide to Pediatrics put together this photo gallery of premature infants in the NICU.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.