Advanced NICU in West Houston
Having a baby hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. At HCA Houston Healthcare West, we offer the experienced care and advanced technology your baby needs in our Level II NICU, so you can rest assured that you and your baby are receiving the best possible care.
Our staff is specially trained in newborn care, with equipment designed to help tiny patients transition from the womb to the outside world.
To learn more about our Level II NICU or to speak with a specialist, call (281) 558-3444.
Our NICU healthcare team
While your newborn is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), our healthcare team will work together to care for your child. Depending on your child’s condition, any of the following NICU staff members may be involved:
- A pediatric neonatologist who has specialized training in caring for sick and premature babies
- A registered nurse with specialized training in the care of newborns
- Respiratory therapists to help your newborn adjust to breathing air through his or her lungs
- Pharmacists to help doctors choose medications and provide the right dosages
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists to make sure your baby is developing properly
- Dietitians to ensure your newborn gets appropriate nutrition
- Lactation consultants to help breastfeeding mothers
- Hospital chaplains to provide spiritual support to parents
- Social workers to help parents cope with their emotions
Parents of NICU babies
Parents of sick newborns also experience a wide range of emotions while their newborn is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This is a natural response to a stressful situation, here are some ways parents can cope with the situation:
- Join a parent support group to talk to others who have gone through similar experiences
- If you are spiritual, ask to speak with the hospital chaplain or contact your spiritual minister to ask for support
- Ask to speak with a therapist who is familiar with helping families of sick newborns
It is important for parents to stay informed while their child is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The experience can be overwhelming. So, consider asking the following questions to gather information about your child’s condition and treatment:
- Why is my baby in the NICU?
- How long will my baby be in the NICU?
- What treatment will my newborn get while in the NICU?
- What medications will be newborn be given?
- What tests may be done?
- Can I breastfeed or bottle feed my baby?
- Can I hold my baby?
By talking openly and regularly with your newborn’s doctor, you can take an active role in your newborn’s care. Remember, a parent’s role in a newborn’s recovery is important. Ask staff members how you can begin to bond with your baby while he or she is receiving care.