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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
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Neonatal Intensive Care (Overview)

Most preterm babies will need special medical attention after birth. If preterm delivery was anticipated, you would be advised to deliver your baby in a hospital that has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). You may have to deliver your baby at a different hospital than originally planned. If you have an unplanned premature delivery, the baby may have to be taken to another facility that has an NICU to receive the best quality care.


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How can a woman breasfeed when their baby is stuck in the neonatal intensive care?

How can a woman breasfeed when their baby is stuck in the neonatal intensive care?

Pump breast milk: Infants can be given breast milk with a bottle or through a nasogastric tube. The breast milk should be fortified if it is a premature infant. If the infant is mature enough to suck, mom can nurse in the nicu if the infant is stable. ...Read more

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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
36 doctors shared insights

Neonatal Intensive Care (Overview)

Most preterm babies will need special medical attention after birth. If preterm delivery was anticipated, you would be advised to deliver your baby in a hospital that has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). You may have to deliver your baby at a different hospital than originally planned. If you have an unplanned premature delivery, the baby may have to be taken to another facility that has an NICU to receive the best quality care.


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What exactly is a neonatal intensive care unit?

What exactly is a neonatal intensive care unit?

Very specialized: It is a very specialized unit for taking care of newborns with problems like prematurity, respiratory issues, infections, and sometimes heart prpblems. It requires a large enough population base, a neonatologist (special highly trained pediatrician), and a sufficient level of support services and specially trained nurses and other personnel. ...Read more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
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Keep number for doctors and other caregivers (for example hospice agency) handy
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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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Do all hospitals have a neonatal intensive care unit?

Do all hospitals have a  neonatal intensive care unit?

No: Every hospital does have an area to transition babies while they maybe experiencing problems after birth. However, not all hospitals have a neonatal intensive care unit. If you have a prenatal diagnosis that recommends or suggests neonatal care after delivery you should deliver in a hospital with a level one or two nicu. ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
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Exercise by walking, swimiming or biking
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Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
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Why do some hospitals have a neonatal intensive care unit and others dont?

Cost: Most babies are born normally proceed home without problems. However it is it very expensive to maintain a unit and therefore more cost-effective to have a regional unit that takes care of the babies needed in the surrounding area. ...Read more

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How would a college student become a neonatal intensive care nurse?

Education & training: You would first need to get a degree in nursing (bsn) and become a registered nurse (rn) by qualifying through the state board. Next you need undergo specialty training in neonatal intensive care with several possible routes and certifications including master of science in nursing (msn) with a focus on neonatal nursing and neonatal nurse practioner (nnp). Requirements vary from state to state. ...Read more

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What does it mean for an hospital to have a level III neonatal intensive care unit?

What does it mean for an hospital to have a  level III neonatal intensive care unit?

Level 3 NICU: Level 3 neonatal ICU means they can take care of extremely premature infants that require respiratory support and have neonatologists in house 24/7. Infants can be cared for from onset of viability 23-24 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can the environment of traditional neonatal intensive care units (nicus) influence preterm babies cognitive, and social development?

Can you tell me how can the environment of traditional neonatal intensive care units (nicus) influence preterm babies cognitive, and social development?

NICUs and developmen: The noisy and painful experiences in nicus of the past appeared to affect babies development. Added to that, the lack of parental contact has been shown to be detrimental. Modern, progressive nicus encourage parents to participate in their baby's care or provide surrogates (cuddlers). They cluster care to minimize interruption of babies' natural cycles. They decrease noise and other stimuli. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more