Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southern Regional

State-of-the-Art Care for Your Baby at the Women's Life Center

Everyone hopes and plans for a perfectly healthy baby.

But just in case your baby arrives too early or needs some special help, it's comforting to know that Southern Regional has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a board-certified neonatologist available in the hospital 24 hours-a-day. We are the only South Metro Atlanta hospital with this around-the-clock coverage.

Our Level III NICU is always ready to provide specialized care to high-risk newborns with our 18 intermediate beds and 12 intensive care beds. And we are always focused on providing a caring and comforting environment.

Get to Know the NICU

Intensive Care Unit

The NICU is divided into 2 separate areas. One area is called the "Intensive Care Unit" and it is designed for babies who are very sick. It contains 12 beds, including two isolation rooms.

Intermediate Care Nursery

The other area is called the "Intermediate Care Nursery" and it cares for babies who are not as ill as newborns in the Intensive Care Unit, but still need special attention. It also contains a sub-unit called the "Graduate Nursery," which cares for infants preparing for discharge and helps their parents learn to care for them at home. The "Graduate Nursery" offers infant care classes and infant CPR for all of our families as well as one-on-one teaching with your baby's nurse. All beds in our NICU are fully equipped with a cardiorespiratory monitor in addition to special "safe" pumps designed to deliver medications in small doses to the NICU population.

Take a tour of the NICU to see our state-of-the-art nurseries.

Family Time

Family interaction in the NICU is extremely important. We focus on helping parents learn to care for their babies, some of whom may have special health concerns. Our NICU is focused on family centered care and includes the family in all aspects of planning their baby's care from admission until the baby is ready to go home. This helps the parents to be more comfortable with their infant's care when they go home.

How We Care

The staff in the NICU takes pride in being the top care center for high-risk newborns in South Metro Atlanta. We work hard to make the environment for babies and parents as comfortable as possible.

Developmental Care

We use special techniques called "Developmental Care" to best help babies develop neurologically. The physicians and nursing staff in the NICU help teach the parents about Developmental Care, so that parents can use this knowledge while visiting their babies in the NICU and when they take their babies home.