The tiniest patients at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast are cared for in our Level II or Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our 14-bed NICU is equipped with the advanced technology needed to care for all babies who need extra care due to conditions such as prematurity, respiratory problems, infectious diseases, or nutritional deficits.

Our highly-qualified NICU team consists of board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, obstetrics hospitalists and anesthesiologists. We also provide 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.

If an even higher level of care is needed, our NICU team is also able to facilitate transports through HCA Houston AirLIFE to a Level IV NICU.

Southeast Houston neonatal care services

Having a baby who needs to stay in the NICU can be difficult for families. While some babies stay in the NICU for only a few hours of observation, others may spend weeks receiving specialized care.

Our family-centered approach to care means unlimited visitation for parents and grandparents. 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.

Your baby's care team will work closely with you to develop a plan of care for your newborn. When your baby graduates from the NICU, you will have the opportunity to take a basic life support course to prepare you for when your baby goes home. We provide the following support while babies are in our care:

  • Breastfeeding support
  • Family-centered unit
  • Neonatal transport team
  • Parental education
  • Skin-to-skin care

If you are considering delivering at HCA Houston Southeast, we invite you to learn more about our labor and delivery services or find an OB/GYN. In addition, we offer women's health services related to breast health and gynecology.

NICU at HCA Houston Healthcare

The neonatal intensive care unit provides 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.

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