Our desire is for all mothers to deliver a healthy baby, but sometimes newborns need special care. When that happens, St. David’s HealthCare Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) are prepared to meet all their needs with the latest technology and highly skilled professional staff. This includes neonatologists specializing in the treatment of newborns who are premature or have other medical needs, assisted by neonatal nurses, and supported by specialists such as surgeons, cardiologists, pharmacists, and others. St. David’s HealthCare is the largest provider of neonatal services in Central Texas.
While the babies' medical needs are being addressed, their developmental needs are also a key component of NICU care. Over stimulation hinders growth, making it important for babies to receive adequate quiet time. Our NICUs feature isolettes, designed to create an environment conducive to healing and growth for the newborn. The isolettes shield each baby from noise and activity, an important feature for developing preemies. Quiet surroundings, proper temperature settings and special lighting provide an individualized environment for each newborn. While the area is elegantly decorated, it is also a model of high-tech excellence.
A baby's digestive tract is one of the last systems to develop, making nutrition an important factor in a newborn's early growth. A neonatology-trained dietitian is available to provide nutritional consults and, because of our commitment to the benefits of breast milk, if their mother is unable to provide milk babies in the NICU are fed milk from the Mother's Milk Bank.
Parents are always welcome to call and speak with their baby's nurse at any time of the day or night. We also encourage parents to visit and participate in their baby's care when appropriate.
Every parent looks forward to one's baby coming home. Yet, after time spent receiving special care in NICU, the transition may bring anxiety as well as excitement. To ease the process, we offer suites where parents and baby spend the newborn's last night in the NICU together. These suites provide a comfortable, private transition environment, and NICU staff are just steps away to provide support and answer any questions.