In hospital

Newborn babies who need intensive medical care and treatment are usually admitted to a department or area in the hospital called neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU offers advanced technology as well as specialised healthcare to provide appropriate care for preterm and ill newborn babies. Baby stays for days, weeks or possibly longer, depending on the gestational age (number of weeks that a baby has been in the womb of the mother) and the health condition of the baby.


The following content was last reviewed in August 2016. 

Being transferred to a NICU is often a shock to parents. Mothers and fathers are usually faced with the situation of suddenly becoming parents much earlier than expected. They may be overwhelmed by finding their child in a critical health condition and by the unfamiliar environment of a NICU. Parents need time, appropriate information, social and psychological support, and encouragement to cope with this difficult situation and to find their role as parents. 

 

The NICU – general information                        

A baby in an incubator

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The role of the family

The role of the family

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Bonding and attachment

Kangarooing mother

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Equipment in the NICU                                  

Equipment in the NICU

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How parents feel

Parents with their preterm born infant in the hospital

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Skin-to-skin care

Skin-to-skin care between a father and his offspring

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The NICU team                                                               

The NICU team

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What parents can do

Mother changes the hat of her preterm baby

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Health conditions of preterm infants

A nurse examine a baby's head

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How to involve parents

Parents during the daily care routines

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Digital support

A father and his son watching a hospitalised baby via web camera

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Rights of parents and newborns

Mother and father with their baby

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