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Every mother-to-be counts down the months, days, hours until her baby is due, waiting in anticipation. But what if that day comes too soon?
As a parent of a preemie, or any baby needing neonatal intensive care, it's comforting to know that the Andrews Women's Hospital at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth's NICU has been caring for newborns for over 20 years.
Any baby born prior to 37 weeks is considered premature. According to the National Institute of Health, of those babies born at 28 weeks, approximately 90 percent survive. Some preemies may weigh less than three pounds.
Because premature infants have underdeveloped organs, they require special care and attention until their systems have developed enough to sustain life without medical support. Preemies can be in the hospital for weeks or even months.
Premature babies often need a little extra help getting started in life. The NICU at Andrews Women's Hospital is one of the largest Level III NICUs in Tarrant County.
A Level III NICU provides advanced care for premature, low birth-weight and critically ill infants. NICUs are categorized into Level I (normal newborn infants requiring additional nursing care), Level II (moderately ill infants) and Level III, for the most complex and severely ill babies.
Our 63-bed NICU is staffed by a skilled team of health care professionals who are specially trained to care for medically fragile newborns.
Neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains and registered nurses work together 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the specialized care your baby needs.
To find a neonatologist on the medical staff at Andrews Women's Hospital, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search our online physician directory.
Having a baby hospitalized in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be an overwhelming experience for all members of a family. The NICU Helping Hands Foundation, through Project NICU, strives to be a source for reliable information, support and comfort for these families.
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