Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level III program, equipped to care for any baby who requires special treatment. In addition to babies born at Cooper, many infants are transported here from other area hospitals for our specialized care.
Why do babies need to be in a NICU? The answers to that question vary, but can include:
- Premature birth and related conditions
- Difficulties experienced during delivery
- Medical or surgical problems during the first few days
Our NICU offers:
- Highly skilled and experienced professional staff
- 25 intensive care beds
- Two isolation nurseries
- Nine-bed transitional nursery, to prepare babies to “graduate” to home
Once a baby no longer requires intensive care, he or she may be transferred to the Mother/Infant Unit (MIU) or back to the referring hospital. Families may request to spend the night with their baby in our “nesting room” prior to discharge, to acquaint themselves with any special equipment or procedures the baby may need at home. Parents are welcome in the NICU and transitional nursery 24 hours a day.