The tiniest patients at HCA Houston Southeast are cared for in our Level II or Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our board-certified neonatologists work with neonatal nurse practitioners who staff the unit 24/7 and NICU registered nurses who monitor and care for each baby in the unit.
In addition to our highly-qualified NICU team, your baby will also have access to subspecialties in ophthalmology, cardiology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and infectious disease; as well as a licensed nutritionist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and board-certified lactation consultants.
Babies who may need the NICU include:
- Premature infants
- Infants with respiratory problems
- Infants with infectious diseases
- Infants with nutritional deficits
- Infants who need observation for temporary problems that follow delivery
Our family-centered approach to care means unlimited visitation for parents and grandparents, and upon “graduation” from the NICU, families may request Basic Life Support education.
Visiting the NICU
We invite you to visit as often as possible – to hold, touch, talk to, feed and care for your baby as his or her condition allows. Moms are encouraged to hold baby skin-to-skin, which has been shown to facilitate growth and development and consult with our certified lactation specialist about pumping or breastfeeding baby while in the NICU.
Our family-centered NICU allows:
- Unlimited visitation for mom
- Grandparent visitation
- Sibling visitation (must be free of signs and symptoms of illness and infection)
- Photos and video (of your baby only)
For more information about visiting the NICU at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, please call (713) 359-2910.
While some babies stay in the NICU for only a few hours of observation, others may spend weeks receiving specialized care. There are two levels of NICU at HCA Houston Southeast.Level II:
- For babies who ‘graduate’ from Level III care or born closer to their due date with medical conditions requiring less-intensive monitoring.
- Heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and temperature monitored less frequently.
- Nutrition through IV, tube feeding, bottle feeding or breastfeeding.
- Flat, open beds with a warmer overheard, or incubators.
- Assistance with breathing via ventilator or receive oxygen via other methods.
- Continuous monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels.
NICU at HCA Houston Healthcare
The neonatal intensive care unit works to provide critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.Learn about NICU