More parents choose Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to have their baby than any other hospital in the area. Every day, some of these babies are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We understand that it is very difficult to leave your newborn at the hospital when you are discharged after your baby’s birth. Our team is here to make that transition as comfortable as possible for you and your family, and to keep you involved and at your baby’s side throughout their stay.
Our Neonatal team
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is prepared to handle emergent deliveries 24 hours a day. Our expert team of Neonatologists, nurses, pharmacists, speech pathologists, dieticians, occupational therapists, social workers and respiratory therapists work around the clock to care for our smallest patients. A dedicated infant resuscitation team is always available at a moment’s notice, and is equipped and prepared to transport infants from other hospitals seeking our higher level of care. Our physicians and support staff have access to state of the art resuscitative equipment in our brand new labor and delivery suites. Our 40-bed private NICU allows parents and infants to stay together in a comfortable space. As the only NICU in the area with 24/7 in-house physician presence, our babies always have immediate access to expert care.
Family Centered Care
Families are encouraged to be a part of their baby’s care. At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we believe that parents are an integral part of a baby’s care and journey to recovery. At delivery, every effort is made to keep mother and infant together, and to provide care while baby is on mom’s chest. If a newborn baby is transferred to a higher acuity NICU setting, parents are invited to stay closely involved in their care. Private spaces lend themselves to a soothing environment with minimal noise and interference, and promote breastfeeding and skin-to-skin care. Our nurses are specially trained to support parents as they learn to care for their baby. Premature infants and babies who are critically ill can still benefit from family presence and involvement in their care. Our team understands that an admission to the NICU is stressful and often unexpected, and spends time with families to help them understand what to expect, set daily goals, and empowers parents to have a voice in the level of participation they have each day.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
If your baby was exposed to a prescription or street drug during pregnancy, our team is uniquely prepared to help with the birth and recovery process, in a setting that is focused on healing and support. Our goal is to keep mothers and babies together even when the baby is admitted to the NICU. The current literature supports a care model that keeps parents closely involved in the care of their babies, and we have developed a unique program for families who are struggling with substance abuse. Our support team of high risk navigators, patient liaison, social workers, community resources, obstetricians, neonatologists, pain specialists and addiction specialists is here for your during your pregnancy, labor and recover period.
Social worker – Our NICU social worker meets with new parents who have a baby in the NICU to provide emotional support, help navigate financial and community resources, and help plan for when the baby comes home. We recognize that this is a stressful time for our families and we want to offer support from the beginning. Our NICU social worker provides a safe place to get the support you need to care for your family physically, financially, and emotionally.