Specialized NICU design
Designed to promote healing and growth of premature or infants needing extra care
Babies needing neonatal intensive care have unique requirements to help them grow and develop. We have designed features into the NICU rooms and nursery to help your baby get the best possible care.
Depending on the level of care the baby needs, private NICU rooms are available to support individualized developmental care and private family time. As baby becomes more stable, he/she may graduate to a Level II NICU nursery, helping your baby with the transition to going home.
Helping your baby grow and develop
Premature babies' brains are not prepared for the environment outside of the dark quiet of the womb. We know that noise and light interfere with sleep, may interfere with breathing and heart rate, and can actually impact the way the brain develops. We have designed our NICU to help your premature baby grow and develop:
- NICU beds are equipped with an in-bed scale.
- Incubators provide the sickest babies the additional warmth and humidity they need.
- In-room televisions, provided for parents, are heard only through headphones.
- Decibel monitors (shown at right) alert staff, parents and visitors should sound levels rise above the recommended 55 decibels.
- Light is minimized with dimmable lighting and blackout curtains in every windowed room.
- Privacy curtains separate the baby’s bed and doorway.
- Phthalate-free environment protects babies from exposure to DEHP and other phthalates, the chemicals used to increase the flexibility of plastic products such as baby bottles, tubing, IV bags and other medical equipment. Studies link phthalates to hormonal disruption and other health problems.
Providing a safe environment for your baby
There are many features of the NICU which help provide safety for your baby.
- Spacious rooms give the medical team the 100 square feet recommended by neonatologists.
- Room doors break away in the rare case of an emergency requiring additional space for baby’s care.
- Nursing charting station with louvered viewing window allows one nurse to monitor two NICU rooms from outside the rooms to protect family privacy and minimize babies’ exposure to light and sound.
Special lactation accommodations
Our NICU rooms are designed for moms who are pumping or breastfeeding. A recliner chair with privacy curtain, and refrigerator for milk storage are provided in the room. Additionally, there are nearby lactation rooms for moms who prefer more privacy. Specially-trained NICU lactation consultants are available for NICU parents.
Methodist Women's Hospital NICU
707 N. 190th Plaza
Omaha, NE 68022