If your baby needs extra care, you can take comfort in knowing that Texas Health Dallas has a three-tiered system for caring for newborns. In addition to the newborn nursery, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a Level II Special Care Nursery are available to make sure your infant receives the care he or she needs at all development stages.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The 47-bed Level III NICU provides 24-hour comprehensive care to premature, high-risk and ill infants. The self-contained program offers therapies, equipment and an experienced multidisciplinary specialist team that includes medical staff neonatologists, pediatric radiologists and surgeons as well as neonatal respiratory and occupational therapists.
Parents are considered a vital part of the care team. Key support services for parents include:
- Board-certified lactation specialists
- Kangaroo-care (skin to skin) education
- Emotional and educational support from NICU nurses
- Consultations with a staff neonatologist
- Post-discharge follow-up by a staff-development pediatrician
Check out some success stories from NICU graduates:
- Graham, born at 1 lb., 10 ounces
- Madelyn, born at 2 lbs., 5 ounces
Peek A Boo NICU
The NICU was the first in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer a 24-hour open visiting policy for parents. The unit is the only NICU in the Dallas area to offer the Peek-a-Boo Webcam. When away from the hospital, parents and other family members can watch their newborns in the nursery via a secure Web interface.
Special Care Nursery
The special care nursery provides specialized services and medical monitoring for infants who have graduated from the NICU but still require additional care. The nursery has board-certified pediatricians and neonatologists who are on the medical staff and provide around-the-clock expert care for premature and special-needs infants. Bedside caregivers are registered nurses supported by patient-care technicians.
The 44-bed nursery is the only Level II nursery in the Dallas area that offers private rooms. Parents are able to room with their infants in hotel-like surroundings that include a refrigerator, granite countertops, a flat-screen TV and a private bath. The special care nursery provides a family-centered approach to care that strengthens bonding and prepares newborns to go home.
Check out some success stories from Special Care Nursery graduates:
- Daphne, born at 2 lbs, 4 ounces
Bright Space for Siblings
Families with newborns in the Special Care Nursery have a Bright Space where they can play and have fun — thanks to an innovative partnership with the March of Dimes Dallas Division and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. The Bright Space at Texas Health Dallas is an area with toys and activities for children ages about 206 to play and have fun when visiting their new siblings. It includes special materials for sibling with a particular focus on pretend play involving baby dolls, home living and medical play.
For new mom Shiloh Morris, the idea of a Bright Space for siblings was music to her ears. Baby Noah was born in October 2013 and spent several weeks in both the NICU and Special Care Nursery at Texas Health Dallas. Big sister Nevaeh frequently visited her brother and mom while they stayed in the hospital and most of the time they found themselves in the family room watching TV.