Premature and critically ill newborns receive advanced, personalized care at the 49-bed Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Because our Level III nursery is staffed by board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians with extra training in newborn care), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurse specialists, therapists and support staff, you can rest easier knowing there’s a dedicated, compassionate team caring for your baby 24/7.
Our NICU patients include babies who may face difficulties at birth, including those born prematurely, those whose mothers experienced a complicated pregnancy and delivery, or those with one or more birth defects. Newborn babies in need of intensive medical attention are admitted directly to our onsite NICU.
New patients are immediately evaluated by our dedicated neonatologists. For those in need of specialty care, from a pediatric cardiologist or neurologist, for example, we coordinate the baby’s prompt transfer to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
For our tiniest patients (those born between 23 to 27 weeks), we have a special care area within the NICU. This dedicated space follows a small-baby protocol to enhance development while minimizing potential overstimulation of these particularly fragile babies.
We understand that having a sick baby can be very distressing for parents and families. Because of this, we practice family-centered care. You have access to your baby in the NICU around the clock, and we encourage visits. For babies nearing time to go home, we have a dedicated area within the Unit that gives parents an opportunity to gain confidence in their ability to care for their babies. Help with breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) is also available.