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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Nancy and Lawrence Glick Family Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the highest designation available in Illinois. That means we have the expertise needed to care for the highest risk moms and most critically ill babies around the clock.

Our board-certified neonatologists are available on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for infants in need of critical care. Our multidisciplinary team of neonatologists, specialty care nurses and respiratory and physical therapists treat newborns with a range of issues, such as:

  • Immature lungs
  • Birth abnormalities
  • Severe infection
  • Respiratory failure

Parents are welcome to visit their babies 24 hours a day, and supervised siblings can also come bond with their little brothers or sisters.

And, when the time is right, you will be given the opportunity to stay overnight with your baby to be certain you are completely comfortable before taking your baby home.

Child Life Specialist Support in the NICU

Illinois Masonic Medical Center offers a Child Life program for babies the NICU and their families. A child life specialist can support the developmental needs of your infant in the NICU in several ways, including:

  • Offering support and guidance on how to address the developmental and emotional needs of infants while they are still in the hospital
  • Encouraging self-regulatory behaviors to help infants maintain or return to sleep or a calm awake state
  • Coordinating sibling visitation, providing pre-visit preparation and supporting your infant and your family during and after the visit

One of the goals of the Child Life program is to provide pain management and comfort techniques for babies in the NICU. A child life specialist works with infants, using encouraging statements, comfort positioning, toys, soft music and singing.

A child life specialist can also support parents with babies in the NICU by:

  • Encouraging parent presence and participation in care
  • Showing parents how to touch or hold their infant if he or she is connected to medical equipment
  • Providing guidance on positioning, blanket swaddling, talking to infants and other techniques
  • Decreasing noise levels and bright lights to encourage a soothing environment

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