The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mercy Southwest Hospital

Caring for our Tiniest Patients

For many of our tiniest patients, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Family Birth Center at Mercy Hospital Southwest is where these babies will spend the first 100 days of their life. This highly specialized unit must provide the highest level of care, as well as meet the needs of parents who spend countless hours in the NICU. Highly specialized technology, such as a Giraffe bed, allows caregivers to perform daily procedures that minimize discomfort to a fragile tiny body by reducing movement and disruption. The space is also home to the specially designed rockers where moms feed or hold their babies for the first time.

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Thanks to philanthropic support, the NICU was renovated so that our new mothers, who are unable to walk due to bed rest restrictions, can be wheeled into the NICU and spend time with their babies. The changes have also improved workflow for the staff and provided more space for babies and their family members.