Friday, February 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Having a baby is an exciting time; but when your newborn needs special care after birth, he or she may spend some time in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU.
The NICU is a special area of The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center that combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients.
Most babies admitted to the NICU are born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. In the United States today, nearly half a million babies are born preterm, and many of these babies also have low birth weights. Twins, triplets and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections or birth defects also are cared for in the NICU.
Caring for babies in the NICU takes a team of specialists. That team often includes:
It’s a big team and they work together with parents to develop a plan of care for babies in the NICU. To learn more about caring for the tiniest babies, join us for an OU Medicine Live Chat with neonatal specialist Dr. Kris Sekar this Friday, February 27th and visit the links provided on this page.
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