Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake is home to a Level III NICU capable of caring for the sickest babies. All of our nurses are certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Our NICU has support staff, board-certified NICU doctors and neonatal nurse practitioners available 24/7 to care for your baby. We also provide specialized care with access to pediatric surgeons, neurologists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, urologists, nutritionists and therapists.

For more information, please call our neonatal intensive care unit at (281) 338-3900.

NICU services

Babies born too early or with life-threatening health conditions may be moved to the NICU to receive incubation, oxygenation and vital statistic monitoring. If your baby was not born at HCA Houston Clear Lake but requires a stay in the NICU, don’t worry. Our on-call transport is available for transfers from other area hospitals. In the NICU, your baby can be breastfed or fed through a feeding tube with your pumped breast milk or a special formula. Our NICU is specially designed with noise reduction techniques to ensure that our tiniest patients are well rested.

Our family-friendly environment encourages you to visit often, to hold, touch, talk to and care for your baby as his or her condition allows. Co-bedding for multiples is also encouraged.


  • For babies born close to but before their due date
  • Monitoring of heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure and temperature
  • Provides radiant warmers, incubators and open cribs
  • Nutrition may be given by I.V., tube feeding, bottle feeding or breastfeeding


  • For babies born before the 30th week of gestation
  • Monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and temperature
  • Assisted breathing either through a ventilator or other oxygenation methods
  • Cared for in flat, open beds with a warmer overhead or incubators

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.

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