When your baby needs advanced medical care, it’s natural to feel apprehensive and overwhelmed. We want you to know that whether your child’s stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is days, weeks or months, we are here for you 24/7 with innovative, state-of-the-art care and the support you and your family need.
At Cincinnati Children’s, you are an essential part of the care team. We want you to learn about your child’s condition, ask questions and make suggestions. Let us know when you have concerns, and take advantage of the many supportive services we offer.
Before Your Baby’s NICU Stay
Some parents may know during pregnancy that their baby will need to stay in the Cincinnati Children’s Level IV newborn intensive care unit. Others don’t realize it until medical problems develop in the moments, hours or days after delivery. Whatever your situation may be, our care team will do everything possible to answer your questions, address your concerns and make your family’s experience as comfortable as possible. All while providing your baby with the exceptional care they need.
Transporting Your Child to Cincinnati Children’s
Most babies who come to the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s are born at other hospitals (a small number of babies are born in our Special Delivery Unit). If your baby needs to be transported to our NICU, we will work with the birthing hospital staff to make it happen as quickly and safely as possible.
Our transport team is the only one in Greater Cincinnati dedicated exclusively to children and infants. With six neonatal-equipped ambulances and access to both airplanes and helicopters, our full-time, dedicated transport team conducts an average of 700 neonatal transports each year.
Each transport team includes a nurse and respiratory therapist and sometimes a physician. This team will safely deliver your child to the NICU, which is located on our main campus on the fourth or first floor of the Critical Care Building. Our NICU team will be expecting your baby and ready to provide the highest level of care possible.
Soon after your child is admitted to the NICU, a nurse will help you create a visitors plan for your baby. Generally, we encourage parents, guardians and other “designated” adults to visit any time (including overnight). Siblings must be 2 years old and immunized to visit. Before entering the NICU, every visitor must sign in and obtain a visitor sticker, available at the Critical Care Building welcome desk. Our staff will provide you with additional information about visitor guidelines when you arrive at the NICU.