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FAQ: About Our Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs)

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What is the NICU?

Who will care for my baby if he or she is admitted to the NICU?

What is a neonatologist?

What is a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP)?

How is care provided in the NICU?

What is the NICU experience like for parents and guardians?

Other than the baby’s parents, who can visit the NICU?

How will I be updated on my infant’s status when I am not in the NICU?

Can I breastfeed my preterm infant?

Going Home

How long will my baby stay in the NICU?

How do you define a premature infant’s maturity or readiness to go home?

After You Go Home

What check-ups will my baby need?

Who should I call if I have questions or problems?

Feeding Your Baby

Remember, now that you and your baby are home from the hospital, your baby’s primary care provider will be able to answer most questions and provide help and guidance.

If I run out of breast milk and need to make formula, do I need to buy special water?

Do I have to buy the brand Baby Water at Target?

Do I have to boil my water? Should bottles be boiled?

My baby hasn't pooped in two days and we don’t see the pediatrician for another day. What should I do?

Do I need to use any special dish soap to wash bottles?

NICU Little Grad Picnic

Every year, we invite our NICU “graduates” and their families to join our physicians, nurses and staff to join us for a celebration. See more about our Little Grad Picnic

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