For many parents, having their baby stay in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is not something they planned or intended. At Lovelace, we want you to know we are here for you and your baby with the best available care. In our NICU, skilled medical and nursing staff care for infants at the age of viability, as young as 23 weeks gestation.
Board-certified neonatologists lead a specialized team of nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers and other caregivers who work together to provide the best care available for your baby.
Special Care for Special Babies
Highlights of the NICU at Lovelace Women’s Hospital:
- 24/7 in-house neonatologist coverage
- Knowledgeable, caring NICU nursing staff
- NICU-specialized respiratory therapists
- Open visiting hours
- Parent&family lounge
- Case management&social services
- Neonatal nutrition care & dietary counseling
- Developmental rehabilitation
- Lactation consultants
- Lactation room for privacy
- Consultations with pediatric specialists if needed
- Infant CPR training available
- Isolation rooms
- Overnight transition rooms
- Skin-to-skin care (kangaroo care)
- Coffee hour for NICU families
- Family support services
- Support from community resources
- March of Dimes liaison
A High-Tech, Family Centered Environment
Our newly expanded 53-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was designed with input from health care providers and families of our NICU “graduates” to provide state-of-the-art technological support in a quiet, homelike environment. Reclining sleeper chairs at each bedside allow parents and supportive family and friends to be an integral part of the health care team. A parent and family lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and television, and coffee is available around the clock. Our visitation policy is open to encourage and support your involvement in the care of your baby.
Trained physical and occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists work with our smallest patients to facilitate feeding and swallowing success and ensure proper positioning and movement. Lactation consultants are available to help with breastfeeding, and ophthalmology and cardiopulmonary specialists experienced in working with neonates provide testing, monitoring and, if needed, intervention.
We work with Ronald McDonald House and Casa Esperanza to provide temporary housing for our out-of-town parents. A March of Dimes liaison is available in the NICU to assist with family support and integration.
Preparing for Home
To ensure a successful transition from the NICU to home, we provide our families with complete discharge education, including training in infant CPR. Overnight transition rooms are available for parents who need further education before going home. Your case manager and social worker are also here to help you with discharge planning.
Family Birthing Center
The Family Birthing Center at Lovelace Women’s Hospital brings more than 3,600 babies into the world each year with the help of dedicated obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, obstetrical anesthesiologists, neonatologists, perinatologists and a highly skilled nursing team. We offer a full calendar of childbirth classes, breastfeeding services and parenting programs, including maternity care classes, prematurity prevention, Baby Care Basics and parenting classes.
During labor, delivery, and recovery new mothers stay in one of our comfortable, private birthing rooms. Equipped with the latest technology, each room is designed for a relaxed, comfortable birth experience and includes a private bathroom, telephone, and television. After delivery, our staff will coach you on breastfeeding techniques and provide you with comprehensive educational materials.
We also offer prenatal assessment, antepartum testing, and 24/7 maternal-fetal medicine coverage.
We accept most insurance plans including all Lovelace Health Plans, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Mexico, Molina, Medicare, Medicaid, Humana and many more.