Most babies enter this world completely healthy. For the times when a newborn needs extra support, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stands ready.

At HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, the NICU is located in the South Tower near our maternity unit, so moms and dads can visit their newborn without having to take off their slippers. The family-centered unit encourages skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent through “Kangaroo Care,” and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged.

Our neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and specially trained registered nurses monitor and care for each baby in the unit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What is a NICU?

“NICU” stands for neonatal intensive care unit, which is a highly specialized nursery for infants that need extra help or monitoring. HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood offers both a Level II NICU (intermediate care) and a Level III NICU (intensive care). Both levels support your baby’s growth and development in a safe, caring environment.

Neonatologists are specialist physicians who diagnose and treat medical conditions in newborns, provide care to newborns during a complicated delivery and coordinate the medical care and management of premature and critically ill infants.

Providing support to parents with babies in the NICU

As parents, you are the most important health care team member when it comes to their baby’s health. That’s why our NICU team has a goal of supporting you as well as caring for your infant.

It’s normal for parents to feel anxious when their baby is admitted to the NICU. Even experienced parents may find it frightening and foreign at first. Our NICU team works with you to get past these feelings so that you can be there for our newborn.

You are an essential part of your baby’s care. While we pride ourselves in providing exceptional healthcare, you give your baby love and comfort. We encourage you to visit as often as possible – to hold, touch, talk to and take care of your baby as their condition allows.

It’s also important for you to understand your newborn’s condition and what is being done to help. All of our experienced healthcare professionals caring for your child will encourage you to ask questions and will take the time to make sure you understand the answers.

Trying to reach a family currently using our NICU? Call (281) 348-8441.

Neonatal transport team

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, our hospital provides care for mothers who have high-risk pregnancies and for babies who are born prematurely or are sick and need emergency transport services to our hospital, by air or by ground.

The NICU transport team has specialized skills and equipment to care for newborns while they are being transported to the hospital. All of the neonatal transport team nurses are skilled in advanced procedures to care for the smallest and sickest babies.

From small towns located nearby to communities a few hundred miles away, our neonatal transport team is ready, willing, and able to serve.

When it comes to women and babies, we literally go the distance:

  • Our helicopter travels within a 75-mile radius of The Women and Children’s Center
  • Our ambulance travels within or beyond the limitations of our aircraft.

While en route to The Women & Children’s Center, our on-board experts consult with the attending physician to confer about care options in preparation for immediate and/or additional treatment to be administered the moment of arrival.

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