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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the Northland's only Level III facility, the highest level for babies who are premature or need intensive care. Hospital staff are trained to care for babies born as early as 32 weeks (full term is 40 weeks).

Partnerships

Thanks to a partnership between the Hospital and Children's Mercy Hospital, neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners are onsite and actively involved in leading the care for these special deliveries.

For parents with a baby in a NICU, the experience can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. That’s why NKCH joined the NICU Family Support® network through March of Dimes. Network members provide information and comfort to families coping with this experience. Guided by former NICU families, the program was built on a family-centered philosophy. It addresses the needs of parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family during an infant’s hospitalization and transition home.

Visitors

The Hospital follows the Visitor Restriction Guidelines published by Children's Mercy Hospital. These guidelines are designed to protect babies who are most vulnerable to flu, RSV and other viral illnesses. Children's Mercy Hospital has advised us that the infection risk for NICU babies is high, therefore we are closing to visitors under the age of 16, including siblings.

Other NICU Visitor Guidelines

  • Each NICU baby may have two visitors in their room at any time. One visitor must be the infant’s parent or legal guardian. 
  • All visitors must produce valid photo identification (Driver’s License, State ID Card).
  • NICU staff may ask visitors to wear mask, gloves and/or a gown during visitation.

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A Patient Story - Special Delivery

Latimer

Born six weeks early, Latimer spent his first 15 days in the Special Care Nursery. Read his story.