Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
When Seconds Matter: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Midtown Medical Center
Whether high-risk from the beginning or an unexpected emergency, should your baby need critical care following delivery, the NICU at Midtown Medical Center is staffed by a team of highly trained experts. Neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, specialized nurses and respiratory therapists will help your child gain the strength needed to begin life outside the hospital.
State-of-the-art equipment, expanded space around each incubator and special lighting help provide your infant with the best possible care while your family receives the support it needs during this transition of care. Additionally, the Special Care Nursery at Midtown Medical Center provides care for your infant if the more complex care of the NICU is not required.
About the NICU:
Only Level III Perinatal Service in our area, providing subspecialty care and comprehensive services
One of only six Regional Perinatal Centers in Georgia, entrusted with providing critical care to infants from 21 counties in West Central Georgia and Lee and Russell counties in Alabama.
Neonatal transport services, using advanced technology and latest in medical transport equipment
Family support, including private lactation suites and “nesting room” for parents to spend night in a home-like environment before taking infant home after lengthy stay
Nationally-recognized Parent Advisory Council, supporting NICU families and staff
High Risk Nursery Team
A team of healthcare professionals cares for the babies in the High Risk Nursery. Some of the people who may be involved in your baby’s care are:
Physicians- A neonatologist is a pediatrician who has special training in the care of newborns. This physician supervises the medical care team in the unit. In addition, residents (physicians in training) may manage the primary minute-to-minute care.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - This is a registered nurse who has completed a special training program in the care of sick and well newborns. He or she provides care for your baby as the residents do under the supervision of the neonatologist.
Nurses- Your baby will be in the care of nurses 24 hours a day. When you call or visit, the nurse caring for your baby can help you with information about your baby.
Respiratory Therapist- Respiratory Therapists have special knowledge in breathing problems and the equipment used to help babies breathe.
Social Worker- A social worker is available to work with families on the problems that may arise during the baby’s hospitalization. These problems may not be related to the baby’s medical care but involve emotional support, arranging for a place to stay while visiting, or accessing additional health or public services.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The tiniest of babies can successfully be fed mother’s milk, providing a balance of protective elements such as immunologic and growth-enhancing factors, and nutrients not provided by formulas alone. Therefore, we’ve developed a support system that allows the collection of a mother’s breast milk until mother and baby can bond naturally.
Breast pumps are made available to mothers along with equally important instructions and encouragement necessary for the success of this important part of your infant’s care. The milk is stored in freezers in the High-Risk Nursery, and then thawed and provided often by tube feedings until your baby is strong enough to nipple feed from a bottle or directly nurse. The family is guided along each step.
When families don’t wish to provide breast milk, then carefully chosen formulas are selected that closely fit your baby’s special needs.
Read more about Lactation and Breastfeeding Support Services and Education
PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Parent Advisory Council seeks to support Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/High Risk Nursery families and staff at Midtown Medical Center. The Council consists of staff and parents of NICU/High Risk Nursery graduates who use their experiences to promote an environment of family-centered care for current patients and families. Contact us at Parent Advisory Council, 706-571-1006.
For more information, please contact us at:
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Midtown Medical Center
710 Center Street
Columbus, GA 31901
Breastfeeding Support in High Risk Nursery
Parent Advisory Council
Lactation Center and Boutique
500 18th Avenue, Suite B 30