In hospital

If born preterm or ill, a baby usually has to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as it offers the necessary equipment and layout. In this section you do not only learn about the NICU, but also about potential health conditions of newborns, breastfeeding and the highly important method of infant- and family-centred developmental care.

The following content was last reviewed in August 2016. 

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – an intensive care unit specialising in the care of ill or premature newborn infants

Health conditions of preterm babies – explaining health conditions that might be seen in preterm or ill born babies and their management

Breastfeeding and nutrition of preterm babies – different types of food options for preterm and ill babies in the NICU

Infant- and family-centred developmental care – intervention strategies to minimise stress for baby, parents and healthcare professionals