Southern Regional's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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 is equipped with a
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), led by 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.
Southern Regional's Level III NICU is always ready to provide specialized
care to high-risk newborns. It includes 18 intermediate beds and 12 intensive
care beds. And we are always focused on providing a caring and comforting
Get to Know the NICU
The NICU is divided into two separate areas. One area is called the "Intensive
Care Unit" and 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" which
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 patients.
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 for baby's care -- from admission
until the baby is ready to go home. We believe that including parents
in the care of their baby while still in the hospital increases parents'
comfort level and confidence in caring for their infant at home.
How We Care
Southern Regional's NICU staff takes pride in being recognized as 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" which helps
babies develop neurologically. The physicians and nursing staff in the
NICU also teach parents about Developmental Care, so that they can use
this knowledge while visiting their babies in the NICU, as well as when
they take their babies home.