At HCA Houston Healthcare West, we offer the specialized care and advanced technology to treat and monitor preterm or ill babies. Our eight-bed Level II NICU cares for infants born less than 32 weeks gestation, have a low birth weight, experienced difficulties during delivery or show signs of a problem shortly after birth.

Our tiniest patients are cared for by an expert NICU time which consists of board certified pediatric neonatologists who are on call 24/7, specially-trained nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and dieticians. Physical, occupational and speech therapists are also available to monitor development. 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.

West Houston neonatal care services

Even though your baby's time in the NICU can be difficult, our team is here to provide the specialized care needed for them to transition from the womb to the outside world.

We are also here for you. A parent’s role in a newborn’s recovery is important. We encourage families to be involved in your baby’s care and to hold, talk to and visit your baby in the NICU as often as your baby’s condition allows. We encourage skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent and provide access to a lactation consultant for breastfeeding support.

While your newborn is in the care of our NICU, we provide the following support and services:

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

If you are considering delivering at HCA Houston West, 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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