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Neonatology
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The birth of a baby should be an exciting and joyful time, but sometimes unexpected and serious complications arise, requiring specialized care. The 45 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit45-bed (NICU) provides the latest diagnostics and treatment options for very small and sick infants. They are:

*The region’s most advanced neonatal intensive care unit.  *One of the few hospitals in Virginia to offer pediatric heart surgery for congenital heart disease. *The only hospital in Virginia to offer ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) to support heart and lung function in infants with cardio respiratory failure. Our neonatology care team includes:

*Neonatologists (pediatricians with additional training and certification in newborn intensive care).
*Neonatal nurse practitioners 
*Respiratory therapists
*Occupational and physical therapists
*Infant educators
*Breastfeeding consultants
*Social workers
ECMO
They are the only hospital in Virginia to offer ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) to support heart and lung function in infants with cardio respiratory failure. Babies showing no improvement on a respiratory ventilator may benefit from the procedure, which works much like a heart-lung bypass machine. During the procedure, the baby’s blood is filtered through the ECMO machine, which puts oxygen into the blood and returns it to the body. The oxygenated blood is pumped by the heart into the body’s other organs and tissues. Newborn Emergency Transport System (NETS)

As home to the region’s most advanced neonatal intensive care unit; The NICU often gets referrals of premature or critically ill infants who were born at other hospitals throughout Virginia, West Virginia and other states. Our Newborn Emergency Transport System (NETS), staffed with medics, nurses and respiratory therapists, transports these tiny patients by ground or air to UVA for specialized care in the NICU. Discovering New Treatments

We are leaders in driving changes to neonatal care; conducting extensive basic scientific research projects and clinical research trials on our littlest patients. Our dedication to improving care for premature and critically ill newborns helps give our patients the best outcomes possible. Parenting in the NICU

The birth of a new baby is an exciting time for every family. But when a baby is born prematurely or with serious medical complications, parents often feel helpless, overwhelmed, and anxious. At UVA, parents are a valuable member of their baby’s health care team. We welcome their suggestions and ideas about the care of their baby. Get suggestions on parenting a baby in the NICU at U.V.A. I have enclosed some of the information I have from 2007 when my son was born three and a halfs months early. You can call them at 1-434-

Taking Care of Your NICU Baby
Eight Things You Can Do For Your Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Baby *Gather information. Learn as much as you can about the NICU, the equipment used to monitor your baby and your baby’s medical condition. Get to know the NICU staff and feel free to ask questions about your baby’s care. *Be involved. Ask your baby’s nurses how you can participate in your baby’s care, such as changing diapers, giving baths and feeding. *Get acquainted. Even though your baby is tiny and struggling to get well, your baby has a unique personality. Spend time getting to know your baby’s personal preferences by watching for her reactions to your voice and your touch. *Pump breast milk. Though many premature or critically ill babies are not able to breastfeed right away, their mother’s milk is vital to their growth and development. Even moms who don’t plan to breastfeed are encouraged to pump their breast milk while their baby is in the NICU. This can help a mother deal with the stress of having a baby in the NICU, knowing she is providing something for her baby that no one else can. By doing this even the smallest drop can be...
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