The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

NICU stands for newborn intensive care unit. This is a nursery in a hospital that provides around-the-clock care to sick or preterm babies. It has health care providers who have special training and equipment to give your baby the best possible care.

Find out about levels of medical care that NICUs provide and what level your baby needs. Learn about equipment that your baby may need and what you can do to be involved in your baby’s care. You can feed your baby and use kangaroo care to get close to them, even in the NICU. 

You may feel scared and confused about your baby’s condition. It’s OK to feel like you do. Learn about resources and support that can help you and your family while your baby’s in the NICU. Visit, the March of Dimes online community for families to share experiences with preterm birth, birth defects or loss.

To learn more about the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, visit the March of Dimes.

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About March of Dimes
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