Pregnancy is usually a time of excitement and anticipation. Will you be welcoming a boy or a girl? How big will the baby be? But sometimes babies come early. No one anticipates having a premature baby --or seeing a newborn develop an illness. Yet it does happen. If it does, the physicians, nurses and staff of the Intensive Care Nursery at Boone Health Center stand ready to help your family through this difficult time.

Boone Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a level III intensive care unit for infants. This means that seriously ill newborns can receive all of the support and treatment they need right here at Boone Health Center. Families need not be separated by distance when their baby is born too early. The NICU is located next to the Postpartum Suite, so mothers and fathers can visit their newborns as often as they like, day or night.

The 21-bed NICU is a state-of-the-art facility, with an environment focused on family-centered and developmentally appropriate care. Our nursery staff of maternal-fetal specialists teach parents about the special and unique needs of premature or ill newborns. Parents are encouraged to participate in the care of their infant, including holding with Kangaroo Care and reading to their infants with the Books for Babies program. If mom chooses to breast feed, our lactation consultants will work closely with her to make breast feeding a successful experience.

Boone's NICU has been taking care of babies for 20+ years. You can rest assured that Boone Health Center is ready to help if your child should have any problems. That's another good reason to choose Boone to deliver your baby!

Our NICU has special visiting policies to keep our patients safe.