NICU 101

NICU 101

Welcome to All Children's NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). This content is presented in an information session for parents, and approved by the NICU Family Advisory Council.

About the Unit

The NICU comprises the entire sixth floor of the hospital and is divided into north and south areas. The Admissions Pod is located in the south area and cares for newly-admitted babies. In all, the NICU has 97 beds for our youngest patients.

In the NICU, parents and family members are welcome to use our family education and waiting rooms, which are equipped with computers and televisions.

Who is on your baby's team?

  • Parents & family
  • Doctor
  • Nurse Practitioner or Resident
  • Bedside Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist (RT)
  • Discharge Coordinator
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Breastfeeding Consultant (BEST)
  • Nutritionist
  • Case Manager
  • Family Representative
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)
  • Consulting Specialists
  • Unit Leadership

NICU Visitor Policy

In order to maintain a clean environment for our kids, everyone must scrub hands to elbows prior to entering the NICU. All visitors must sign in at the main desk with the HUC or PCA. Please be prepared to show photo ID upon each visit.

Parents may designate up to four additional visitors who may visit the baby. Once listed, these visitors may not change or be substituted (for the security of the patients). We allow for up to three visitors at a time in the private rooms and two visitors in the admission area. Visiting hours for guests is 9:00am-6:00pm, and 7:00pm-9:00pm daily.

For infection control purposes, no food is permitted inside the NICU.

Parents as Partners

As a part of family-centered care, parents are encouraged to take an active role during their baby's stay in the NICU. As such, moms and dads are allowed to stay with their baby 24 hours a day.

Parking for parents is free throughout the length of their stay at All Children's.

Questions or concerns about plans of care may be asked during rounds, daily between 9am-12pm.

We understand this is a scary time for families, and we are here to help parents and loved ones navigate through their child's care at All Children's Hospital. In addition to NICU 101, we offer several classes and activities to support our families during this time.

Hands-On Time

"Hands-on" times are when nursing staff is physically touching and assessing a patient. Parents visiting at hands-on times lets them participate in the care of their baby. This includes taking temperature, changing diapers, and help with feedings.

Once the baby is medically stable, we advocate for moms to participate in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).

Thank You

Feel free to ask our staff about the information on this page or to enroll in our parent classes. If you have been impressed with exceptional service from your nursing team, please nominate them for our monthly DAISY Award recognition!