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Babies born too early or with life-threatening health conditions are cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, also called the NICU. That’s where he or she will receive incubation, oxygenation, and vital statistic monitoring.

If your baby was not born at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center but requires a stay in the NICU, don’t worry. Our on-call transport team is available for transfers from other area hospitals.

All of our nurses are certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Neonatal Resuscitation Program. In addition to our highly trained support staff, board-certified NICU doctors and neonatal nurse practitioners are in-house, 24-hours a day to care for your baby. You will also have access to pediatric surgeons, neurologists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, urologists, nutritionists, and therapists.

Level II NICU

  • For babies born close to but before their due date
  • Monitoring of heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, and temperature
  • Provides radiant warmers, incubators, and open cribs
  • Nutrition may be given by I.V., tube- or bottle-feeding, or breastfeeding

Level III NICU

  • For babies born at less than 30-weeks' gestation
  • Monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and temperature
  • Assisted breathing either through a ventilator or other oxygenation methods
  • Cared for in flat, open beds with a warmer overhead or incubators

In the NICU, your baby can be breastfed or fed through a feeding tube with your pumped breast milk or a special formula.

Our NICU is specially designed with noise reduction techniques throughout to ensure that our tiniest patients are well rested. Our family-friendly environment encourages you to visit often, to hold, touch, talk to, and care for your baby as his or her condition allows. Co-bedding for multiples is also encouraged.