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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 environment.

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 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 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.

Developmental Care

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.