Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Babies are wondrous beings, but sometimes they need assistance soon after birth. When a newborn is premature or ill and needs around-the-clock services, the Eskenazi Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is there, caring for infants with difficulties such as respiratory distress, apnea, sepsis, pneumonia and congenital anomalies. Eskenazi Health has received the Neonatal Level of Care III certification in accordance with the Indiana Department of Health’s Perinatal Level of Care Program.

Babies in the Eskenazi Health NICU have a number of people caring for them. A bedside nurse is assigned to each infant and can answer or find the answer to questions parents might have. Respiratory therapists make sure a baby’s breathing is being supported appropriately. Each baby has a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) or resident assigned as primary medical care provider. The NNP or resident is overseen by a neonatologist, a physician with special training in the care of premature and sick newborns.

Other people are involved in the NICU to care for babies and their parents: social workers, case managers, family support coordinator, certified lactation consultants, dietitians, physical/occupational therapists, speech therapists, pharmacists, student nurses and other physicians who are specialists in treating any specific problems a baby might have. All of these people work together to help babies and families through this difficult time.

All babies in the NICU are attached to cardiac/apnea monitors so that their heart and respiratory rates can be monitored at all times. Parents are encouraged to ask their baby’s assigned nurse about any monitors, tubes and machines that might also be in use as well as any other questions about their baby or plan of care.

Parents are welcome to visit at any time, day or night, and should check in at the Family Beginnings’ reception desk. Additional restrictions or guidelines may be in place and can be viewed on the hospital visitation page. When unable to visit, parents should feel free to call the baby’s nurse for an update. Information is given only to parents unless specified on the visitation consent form. Each NICU room is also equipped with a NicView camera, which allows families to log into a secure app or website and see their babies in real-time 24/7 with few exceptions.

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The NICU contains 33 private patient rooms for the comfort of babies and families. NICU services include:

  • Electronic infant security
  • Hearing screens
  • Intubation
  • Extubation
  • Lumbar punctures
  • Central line placement
  • Chest tube placement

For information on Eskenazi Health NICU, please contact 317.880.BABY (2229).

This website is NOT for medical emergencies or medical treatment. For medical treatment, please contact your physician’s office by phone or go to the nearest emergency room. For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If this is a mental health emergency, please call 317.880.8485.

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