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 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.
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.