Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Where Family Begins ... and Stays Together
What Patients Are Saying
"I was extremely impressed by the care that was provided to me & my baby - thoroughly enjoyed all of the nurses/techs that care for us."
Welcoming the newest members of our community with The Mercy Touch® since 1996
The Mercy NICU is one of only a few of its kind in the U.S. and is setting a new standard for care. You'll find the most attentive – and safest – innovative care you and your baby deserve. Above all else, you and your baby are the most important part of your care team.
You will always be included in baby's plan of care and decision-making. Working with you, our NICU nursing staff creates a "developmental care plan" that reflects your baby's likes, dislikes, needs and strengths. This helps the healthcare team individualize your baby's care according to baby's needs.
Mercy's NICU cares for babies born as early as 30-32 weeks gestation, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This time frame aligns with family-centered care, which encourages you to spend as much time as possible bonding with your new baby.
The Area's Most Experienced Neonatologist
Our staff has more than two decades of experience, and we're home to the area's most experienced neonatologist, Dr. Roger Allen, so you can rest assured you and baby will be in great hands.
Learn more about Dr. Allen's remarkable career. (Here's a sneak peek: premature twins he cared for were in the Guinness Book of Records!)
Watch the videos below to learn more about Mercy's NICU:
The Area’s Largest, Most Private NICU Suites
Both parents can stay with their newborn in the private, full-size NICU suites at Mercy. This allows you to be near your baby at all times, and the opportunity to truly be a part of his or her care.
The NICU suites are designed to be gentle and sensitive to your baby's needs. They feature fully equipped special-care beds, with built-in scales so babies do not need to be disturbed to be weighed. A central monitoring system is in place for constant and close observation.
A Team Approach
A multidisciplinary team will care for your baby at Mercy. Along with your physicians and nurses, this includes dietitians, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, lactation consultants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and the full services that are offered at Mercy, specially trained to help with your baby's care.
After Discharge from the NICU
Your baby's care doesn't end once he or she is discharged.
Developmental Care Clinic
Through a Developmental Care Clinic, the same team you had while at Mercy's NICU, including Dr. Allen, your nurses, and specialists like physical therapists, speech therapists, dietitians and social workers, will stay involved with your baby to ensure he or she gets the support they need.
You'll also have the opportunity to get a home visit from one of our lactation consultants, who will weigh baby, check his or her vitals, and can help answer your breastfeeding questions, or any questions you may have.
There is nothing like bonding with someone going through what you're experiencing (or even just having the opportunity to ask other moms questions). Our Breastfeeding Group is a great place to meet other moms, and ask our experts your questions. The class is free and meets weekly, everyone is welcome.
Learn More About Mercy's NICU
What Patients Are Saying
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