Understanding a Level III NICU

North Shore Medical Center specializes in maternity care for routine and high-risk pregnancies. Our goal is to give our patients the best pregnancy experience possible and to provide them with peace of mind through our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The Importance of a Level III NICU

Having a Level III NICU should matter to every mom-to-be. Studies indicate significantly higher survival rates for very-low-birth-weight babies born in hospitals offering Level III Neonatal Intensive Care. It’s comforting to know that if your baby requires specialized treatment, our neonatologists are in- house around-the-clock and provide care 24/7.

Not every hospital has a Level III NICU. The Level III NICU at North Shore Medical Center helps those babies who need extra care until they are ready to go home. Babies born at less than 35 weeks gestation — as well as critically ill newborns of any gestational age and birth weight — are cared for in the NICU.

Expert Care — 24/7

When choosing where to have your baby, remember that some babies may need specialized, 24/7 care. At North Shore Medical Center, you can be confident that your baby will have access to higher levels of care, should those services be necessary.

  • A Specialized Team to Care for Your Baby
  • North Shore offers prompt and easy access to a full range of pediatric medical subspecialties as well as our experienced, specially trained team for respiratory support and specialty care:
  • Neonatologists, pediatric doctors who specialize in caring for the smallest and sickest premature infants
  • Registered nurses experienced in neonatal intensive care
  • Respiratory therapists to help babies whose lungs may not be fully developed
  • Social workers who specialize in supporting you and your babies needs during their NICU stay and transition home
  • Lactation consultant who will provide breastfeeding support and guidance to help even the most premature babies receive mother’s breast milk

We realize that there’s more to care than medicine. There’s also compassion, attentiveness and kindness. So when it comes to treating your health and your baby’s health, rest assured that we are all here to treat you with warmth and respect.

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