Mills-Peninsula Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The health and care of your infant is our highest priority. While in the NICU, specially trained nurses will care for your infant, with the goal of returning your child to you as soon as is safely possible. We will implement interventions such as nesting, swaddling, dimmed lighting or clustering care, which helps maximize infant rest time. We also encourage parent and infant bonding; however, please be advised that it is important for premature infants to experience decreased stimulation in the first few weeks of life.
Visitors in the NICU
For your infant’s safety, we ask you to keep your ID band on at all times. If for any reason it comes off, we must re-band both parents and your infant. The only visitors allowed to visit your infant are adults and siblings who are not ill. All visitors must be accompanied by one or both parents. If your infant is with us for many weeks, and you wish to have a list of approved visitors who may visit when neither parent is here, they must come the first time with one of the parents. For your infant’s safety, visitor approval may not be given over the phone.
If you have been discharged from the hospital and your infant is not ready to go home with you, we encourage you to continue to participate in your infant’s daily routines as his/her condition allows.
There is a sleep chair in your infant’s room that converts into a twin sleeper, allowing you to stay overnight in the NICU. Should your infant need assistance with feeding, such as tube feedings, you may sleep at home, come daily to visit and then begin to spend the nights here as your infant begins feeding. Remember, you will need to pick up or bring your medications with you, and meals are not provided. The Atrium Café, located on the first floor, is open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Food and flowers are not allowed in the NICU.
A Family Lounge is located just behind our NICU, which has a full-size restroom with a shower and a small area for both parents to relax and eat meals. A microwave and coffee maker are provided for your convenience.