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The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the part of the hospital where premature or sick newborns are given care.
But the NICU (say "NIK-yoo") is much more than a place in the hospital. It's where these three elements work together to give your baby the best possible care: Staff, technology, and you.
The NICU staff who care for your baby are specially trained. They may include:
NICU technology helps your baby in many ways:
You are a big part of the care team, too. Your baby needs you. Working with the NICU staff, you'll find out about your baby's needs and what you can do for him or her. You'll learn about technology, medical words, rules, and procedures. When your baby's condition permits, you may also help with breast milk and cuddling. During your baby's stay in the NICU, you and the NICU staff will get to know each other well. Be sure to ask questions and join in the discussions about your baby's care.
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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