After labor and delivery, we encourage rooming in with your baby as much as possible, as this time is extremely important for mother and baby bonding.

However, we also recognize your need for rest. Whenever you need them, specially trained nurses at our CHI Health Maternity Centers are there to provide personalized care and attention for your baby in our newborn nursery. We have high-level security measures in place, so you can rest assured that your baby is safe and protected while out of your care.

Support for Babies Needing Extra Care and Attention

If your baby is born prematurely, or needs extra support after delivery, they may be cared for in one of our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Expert care is provided by a board-certified neonatologist and neonatal nurse practitioners who are there around the clock to attend all high-risk deliveries.

At CHI Health, we have taken great care to design our NICUs to promote newborn growth and development. With a Level II NICU at Lakeside Hospital and a Level III NICU at Bergan Mercy, we offer advanced technology and expert care.

Our NICUs are staffed by specially trained nurses who provide compassionate, personalized care to our tiniest patients. We also have respiratory therapists trained in NICU ventilation techniques. Our multidisciplinary team includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, clinical pharmacists, clinical dieticians, social services and pastoral care.

Our carefully designed NICU environments reflect the latest in early neonatal development, including indirect lighting, sound-absorbing building materials and comfortable family interaction areas. Private suites allow family members to be at their baby’s bedside throughout their stay, so they can actively participate in their care.