NICU Services

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Services

Southern Regional Offers Specialized Services for Your Baby

At Southern Regional Medical Center, we offer many services to assist you and your baby. Please ask your baby's nurse to contact these special people if needed. Below is a brief explanation of each service.

The Lactation Center

Our staff encourages breastfeeding. Breast milk is one of the most important things that only you can supply for your baby. It contains special components that will help your baby grow and become stronger.

Although your baby may not be ready to breastfeed initially, you can supply expressed breast milk that we can feed to your baby.

The Lactation Center is always available to assist in this process and you should feel free to ask questions at any time. You may call to ask any questions about breastfeeding or just to get moral support for your breastfeeding efforts. The center also rents and sells breast pumps and equipment.

Case Management

The Case Management staff offers supportive services to families experiencing a medical crisis like having a preemie or a sick infant. The case manager can refer parents to local community and state agencies to help with special needs and for financial assistance.

If you ever have questions or difficulties coping with your baby's condition, please do not hesitate to contact a case manager. Your nurse can tell you how to get in touch with your case manager.

Chaplain Services

We understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your family and we havechaplain services to help you cope. The hospital chapel is open 24 hours a day for your use. There is also a small chapel in the Women's Life Center that you may use.

There is always a minister on duty at the hospital for added support and prayer. Please let your baby's nurse know if you would like to meet with a hospital minister.

Speech Therapy

The speech-language pathologist is often consulted by physicians for evaluation, recommendations and therapy to improve the feeding skills of premature or medically fragile infants.

Feeding therapists are trained in the treatment and development of infants with special feeding needs. Their training includes anatomy and physiology of sucking, swallowing, and breathing mechanisms, as well as different techniques and exercises to improve feeding.

Therapists provide education and hands-on assistance to parents and caregivers to help them successfully feed their infant.

Respiratory Care Team

The Respiratory Care Team at Southern Regional Medical Center is involved in many aspects of our patients' care. Some responsibilities of the respiratory therapist include: patient assessment, oxygen and aerosol therapy, airway management, arterial blood gas analysis and ventilator management.

The respiratory therapists are also part of a resuscitation team that attends all C-sections and high-risk deliveries. As a part of the NICU team, the respiratory therapists take every opportunity to educate parents regarding their baby's care.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapists at Southern Regional Medical Center are available at the physician's request to assist with your baby's needs. The therapist has special training in the treatment and understanding of premature and term infants.

The therapist will evaluate your baby's muscle tone and movements and perform exercises with your baby to improve muscle strength and flexibility. The therapist will in turn teach the parents and offer suggestions for continued optimal development at home.

If needed, your baby may return after discharge from the hospital for continued evaluation and treatment with the physical therapist in the outpatient Physical Therapy Department.

Early Intervention Programs

"Babies Can't Wait" is a statewide program that offers special services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays.

The program is available for newborns up to three-year-olds who have a diagnosed condition known to result in developmental delays, or those undiagnosed who are at risk of being significantly behind others their age. It is provided regardless of family income.

The program staff develops an individualized plan of service for each baby. State funds may be available to assist in paying for specific services.

The Resuscitation Team

This is a team that includes nurses, neonatologists, and respiratory therapists who are specially trained to respond to any high-risk deliveries.

These deliveries include extreme low birth weight babies, C-Sections, presence of meconium, and any other problem that may occur in delivery. This team also helps babies who may need close attention for the first two to four hours after birth.

1st Contact Team

This team includes nurses and neonatologists who visit mothers-to-be when they are patients in the Ante-Partum Unit of the Women's Life Center.

They provide information and materials to educate mothers about possible premature delivery and give them an overview of their baby's hospital stay.

The referral for the 1st Contact Team comes from the mother's care provider.

The Graduate Nursery

The Graduate Nursery is a sub-unit of the NICU. It cares for infants preparing for discharge and helps their parents learn to care for them at home.