NICU

Women's Health

The Highest Level of Care

While you may anticipate an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, Parkview's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is prepared to provide technology and expert nursing care when special needs arise. Every Family Birthing Center is part of Parkview, and you can take comfort in knowing we’re ready for the unexpected.

Parkview gives the region’s highest level of newborn intensive care:

  • Only hospital in the region with experienced board-certified and board-eligible neonatologists on site 24/7

  • Only hospital in the region with all private NICU rooms for newborns and parents

  • Neonatal respiratory care specialists

  • State-of-the-art, 31-bed Level III NICU

  • Member of Vermont-Oxford Research collaborative, promoting best practices in neonatal medicine

  • Emphasis on family-centered care

NICU arrival and admission

Sometimes special needs arise during your pregnancy, labor
or delivery, and your baby may additional expert care.

The NICU cares for infants that experience:

  • Premature births (infants born before 37 weeks)

  • Illness

  • Life-threatening conditions

  • Congenital conditions

  • Complications related to pregnancy or birth

You may not have anticipated your baby being transported and admitted to the NICU. Take comfort in knowing that our highly trained physicians, nurses and other caregivers are fully prepared to respond quickly and efficiently. They will work diligently to meet the needs of your baby, and communicate with you as soon as possible.

At times, caring for your precious bundle of joy could mean transporting your baby to another Parkview facility. Parkview’s neonatal flight service has worked in conjunction with the Samaritan Flight Program to safely transport newborns to the Parkview NICU. Neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists serve as flight team members, using a state-of-the-art infant isolette to care for babies during transport. Parkview ambulances are also fully equipped to attend to infants’ needs.

Your involvement

The Parkview NICU practices family-centered care. This concept places you on the same team as the neonatologists, nurses, therapists and other support members. Parkview encourages you to be involved in each step of care.

Our NICU is designed to provide care in all private rooms, which allow you to room with your baby. We even have rooms for twins and triplets so the whole family can stay together. This offers family members more opportunity to participate in the care of their baby, allowing families to bond during the early stages of life.

One way you can participate is through Kangaroo Care, a special program that encourages you to bond with your children. In this program, we encourage parents to hold their babies skin to skin. Studies have shown that holding babies in this way helps stabilize temperatures, improves oxygen flow to the body, helps mom's breast milk production and promotes bonding.

Those first moments of your baby’s life are special. We have
a scrapbooking program that gives you the chance to chronicle each chapter of your baby’s story. While you’re cropping pictures and stamping words and designs, you’ll have the chance to meet other parents going through a similar experience. It’s our sincerest hope that during these times you’ll gain support and encouragement from one another. 

NICU Reunion

For more than three decades, Parkview has hosted a NICU reunion, which commemorates NICU graduates who were born prematurely or were extremely ill after birth, but today enjoy healthy, happy and productive lives today. Hundreds of NICU graduates, their families, Parkview NICU staff and neonatologists enjoy a fun-filled day of games, fun and adventures. For more information, call Renell Liechty, patient care coordinator for the Parkview NICU, at (260) 672-6440.

 

Parkview Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Parkview Regional Medical Center Campus
Entrance 2C
11123 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46845

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