If your infant needs special care, you'll be glad you chose a medical center with a level III NICU.
Every parent hopes for a healthy baby, but, unfortunately, some infants are born with an immediate need for special medical care. Not every hospital can meet this need – that's why it's important to select a facility that also hosts a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). NICUs are categorized into three different levels, with the highest being a level III. Here's what you can expect from level III care.
- They're equipped to care for the smallest premature infants. Level III NICUs have the technology required to care infants born at 28 weeks, or even younger.
- They're willing to take on the sickest infants. It can be scary to be told your baby has something wrong with his heart, brain, or other vital organ. In a level III NICU, you have the reassurance that he is under the care of expert physicians with specialty training and the latest technologies.
- Mechanical ventilation is available for babies who need it. If your baby is struggling to breathe on his own, mechanical ventilation in a level III NICU is available until a treatment is found.
- They're prepared to preform surgeries. Not just any doctor can perform a surgery on a sick newborn or premature infant. In a level III NICU, experienced pediatric surgeons are on staff and ready to perform with the highest quality.
- Your baby won't need to be transferred anywhere. In a facility with lower-level NICU, or no NICU at all, your baby will need to be transferred to a new medical center if serious problems arise. Although safety is always the primary concern, transfers always carry some risk.
Giving birth in a medical center with a level III NICU can ease some of your worries during this highly emotional time. You know that no matter what happens, your baby will receive the best care with us. Learn more about the Maternity and New Born Care services we offer by giving us a call at (305) 227-5590.