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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Methodist Women's Hospital provides leading-edge medical care within a quiet, healing environment.

The 36-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Methodist Women's Hospital offers Level III care - the only NICU in west Omaha with this designation.

We provide everything at-risk infants need—with the exception of select GI issues and heart surgery—and provide an isolation room with negative airflow to prevent the spread of infection.
 

NICU rooms

Our NICU includes 24 private rooms, with four larger rooms for twins, triplets or quadruplets. Eight additional beds are located in the NICU nursery. You can view the neonatal intensive care rooms in our virtual tour.

Experienced, expert care team

Our expert NICU Care Team includes:

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Neonatal Nurses
  • Neonatal Developmental Care Specialists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Chaplains
  • Cuddlers

Specialized NICU design

Premature babies' brains are not prepared for the environment outside of the dark quiet of the womb. We know that noise and light interfere with sleep, may interfere with breathing and heart rate, and can actually impact the way the brain develops.

Our special NICU environment promotes healing and growth.

  • Depending on the baby's level of care, private rooms for babies support individualized developmental care and private family time.
  • Spacious rooms give the medical team the 100 square feet recommended by neonatologists.
  • Room doors break away in the rare case of an emergency requiring additional space for baby’s care.
  • Baby's bed is equipped with an in-bed scale.
  • Incubators provide the sickest babies the additional warmth and humidity they need.
  • Nursing charting station with louvered viewing window allows one nurse to monitor two NICU rooms from outside the rooms to protect family privacy and minimize babies’ exposure to light and sound.
  • In-room televisions, provided for parents, are heard only through headphones.
  • Wall mounted ear symbol lights to indicate decibel levels. Decibel monitors alert staff, parents and visitors should sound levels rise above the recommended 55 decibels.
  • Light is minimized with dimmable lighting and blackout curtains in every windowed room.
  • Privacy curtains separate the baby’s bed and doorway.
  • Phthalate-free environment protects babies from exposure to DEHP and other phthalates, the chemicals used to increase the flexibility of plastic products such as baby bottles, tubing, IV bags and other medical equipment. Studies link phthalates to hormonal disruption and other health problems.
  • As baby becomes more stable, he/she may graduate to a Level II NICU nursery, located on the 4th floor.