Pediatrics-Neonatal Intensive Care
Women & Infants operates one of the nation's largest single-family room Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), where the latest technology and highly skilled specialists care for babies born prematurely or sick. In 2011, Women & Infants was named a US News Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology.
The Women & Infants' NICU is a special place. Nearly 25% of babies born here are to high-risk mothers, and 11% are premature. Our survival rates for very low birth weight infants are well above national averages. As of June 2008, survival rates for infants born at 24 weeks gestation was 71.1%; 86.5% at 25 weeks; 92.9% at 26 weeks; 95.2% at 27 weeks; 100% at 28 weeks; 95.5% at 29 weeks; and 97.7% at 30 weeks.
We also care for a large number of infants with complex medical problems requiring surgery or subspecialty interventions in the newborn period. Pediatric faculty on our staff from Hasbro Children's Hospital provide a complete complement of services in all subspecialties. Not only do we have an innovative, interdisciplinary Program in Fetal Medicine, but we are also able to care for the whole range of metabolic and other disorders that affect newborns. Each, our neonatal services cares for nearly 1,300 babies in the NICU, nearly 15% of which are transferred from other hospitals in our region.
We provide comprehensive care with the coordinated efforts of social workers, occupational therapists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, neonatal nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal-perinatal fellows, and attending neonatologists and pediatricians. Practitioners skilled in the care and stabilization of sick newborns are available in-house 24 hours a day. Families also find support in the unit's full-time parent advocate, sponsored by a grant from the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, and a March of Dimes' parent advocate.
The newborn nursery service is lead by Dr. Marcia W. VanVleet. This service includes a team of pediatricians, pediatric and family practice residents, and medical students from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. This team of physicians works in concert with the mother-baby nurses, lactation consultants, and other subspecialty consultants to meet the specific needs of the family and to ensure continuity of care. Over the last year the newborn nursery service has expanded to include community physicians with specialized interest in the care of the newborn and the supervision of residents to provide pediatric attendings seven days a week. This caring environment is enhanced with the involvement of our dedicated community and voluntary medical staff who partner with us to provide individualized care to our families.
For further information 24 hours/day, please contact the NICU at 401-274-1122, extension 3200 (2nd floor) or 3300 (3rd floor).
Parents Helping Parents
Rhode Island's Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project (PPEP) enlists trained parents to help other parents cope with the realities of raising children and youth with special health care needs. Putting trained parent consultants into physicians' offices to provide emotional support and help link families to resources and services has proven very effective in meeting the health care needs of these children and their families. PPEP Video
NICU Discharge Instructions
The following information is available to help make your family's transition home smooth, safe and enjoyable. NICU discharge instructions
Remember, you can also call the Warm Line nurses at 1-800-711-7011. This free service answers questions about postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, newborn care and other women's health issues. Call weekdays, 9am-9pm, or 9am-5pm on weekends. Leave a message and a nurse will return your call within an hour.