Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Women’s Center at Bay Area
7101 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

The Women’s Center NICU Transport Services
1-888-BAY-NICU (1-888-229-6428)

We know that even the most normal of pregnancies can become complicated in a matter of minutes. The Woman's Center at Bay Area offers care for our littlest patients in the Level I, II and III neonatal intensive care unit.

It is estimated that for every 100 babies born in the US, approximately six will be premature. If your baby is born prematurely, he/she will need special medical attention and a higher level of care. That is why we ensure that a board-certified neonatologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Neonatologists diagnose and treat medical conditions in newborns, coordinate the medical care and management of premature and critically ill infants, and provide care to newborns during a complicated delivery. They have the training and knowledge required to treat even the smallest infant.

Our NICU is conveniently located close to the mothers' rooms, so moms and dads can visit their newborns without even having to take off their slippers! Our patients take comfort in knowing their babies are just down the hall.

The Woman's Center at Bay Area also provides care for babies born prematurely in hospitals that may not have a neonatal intensive care unit. Our Neonatal Transport Team is committed to providing expedient and skilled response to referring physicians and hospitals in South Texas. The critical care transport team at Bay Area is comprised of highly skilled registered neonatal nurses trained in transport medicine, high-altitude physiology and neonatal advanced life support. This advanced training allows our team to transport the most critical and tiniest of babies by air or ground, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more...

A wide range of Pediatric Subspecialties and treatments are available, including:

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Inhaled Nitric Oxide treatment
  • High-frequency Oscillatory Ventilation treatment

The Women’s Center at Bay Area offers parent programs, including:

  • The Cuddle Club – Hospital volunteers trained to hold, rock and comfort your baby in your absence
  • Kangaroo Club – Care designed to enhance bonding using the skin-to-skin experience for both mother and father.
  • Tub Club – Hands-on education for parents in bathing and daily care for your baby.
  • Lactation Support – Includes breastfeeding education and the management and storage of breast milk during the NICU stay.
  • Early Childhood Intervention Referral Program – Provides parents with interventions that assist babies in reaching developmental milestones.
  • Parent CPR – Instruction of basic infant resuscitation skills for parents.
  • Bereavement Support – Emotional and spiritual support through the grieving process.
  • Car Seat Loaner Program – Designed to keep all infants safe by providing short-term car seat rental services.
  • Scraptherapy Program – developed to provide parent “downtime” and create priceless memories of the baby’s stay in the NICU. Supplies provided.

All expectant parents hope that their babies will be healthy. Yet sometimes problems arise that require a newborn to be hospitalized. When this happens, the baby may be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (also called the NICU) for treatment.

It's almost always stressful when a baby is unexpectedly admitted to the NICU. But the doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in the unit will do their best to provide emotional support for you while caring for your infant's medical needs.

What Is the NICU?

With equipment designed for infants and a hospital staff who have special training in newborn care, the NICU is an intensive care unit created for sick newborns who need specialized treatment because they're still developing rapidly. Sometimes the NICU is also called:

  • a special care nursery
  • an intensive care nursery
  • newborn intensive care

Babies may be sent to the NICU if:

  • they're born prematurely
  • difficulties occur during their deliveries
  • they show signs of a problem in the first few days of life

Only very young babies (or babies with a condition linked to being born prematurely) are treated in the NICU - they're usually infants who haven't gone home from the hospital yet after being born. How long these infants remain in the unit depends on the severity of their illness.

For more information, please call The Woman's Center at Bay Area at 361-761-1200.

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