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At Baylor Grapevine, we understand that giving birth to a sick or premature baby can be unexpected and frightening for a parent.
The specialized clinicians in our 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) make it their goal to provide parents with the information they need to understand their baby’s condition, possible treatments and how they can best help.
Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit combines advanced technology and highly trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. We care for newborns and infants for a variety of reasons including premature births (less than 37 weeks), respiratory distress, birth defects, infections and other illnesses. Staffed by board-certified neonatologists, specialized nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners, we provide advanced life support and technologies for infants as early as 24 weeks gestation.
Ten percent of all newborns require the medical expertise only available in a NICU. Babies in the NICU may require special monitoring and close observation for one or more of the following reasons:
Baby is born before 37 weeks gestation. Premature babies are often very small and need special care to aid in growth and development before they can go home. Breathing and feeding may be difficult for these tiny patients. Due ot prematurity, they may have more than one problem because their systems are immature. Multiple problems may arise and are quite common for babies born this early.
Baby is born between 37 and 42 weeks gestation. Full-term babies may come into the world needing special attention. They may have breathing problems, infections, seizures, feeding difficulties or heart problems, all requiring the special care provided by the NICU.
Baby is born at greater than 42 weeks gestation. Post-term babies may require special care for rapid breathing, as well as for possible infection or seizures.
Whenever your baby arrives, rest assured that our highly-trained staff in the NICU is equipped to care for the most delicate patient. For more information about the services offered at the NICU, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR.
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