Level III B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
When choosing a hospital for the birth of your baby, you want a health care team and facility that’s ready for anything. In order to better serve expectant mothers in south San Antonio, The BirthPlace at Southwest General Hospital proudly features an advanced Level III B neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Capabilities, Staff & Features in the NICU
The 24-bed NICU, which occupies the entire second floor of The BirthPlace, has a number of features, all implemented with the goal of providing the absolute best care for special needs infants:
- Capability to provide comprehensive care for extremely low birth-weight infants (≥500 grams and/or 23 weeks)
- Advanced respiratory support
- Neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals available on-site
- CT and MRI scans
- Partnership with advanced surgical facilities for special needs infants
In addition to offering a high level of treatment and care options, the NICU features a nursing staff that truly cares for the well being of every baby and family in its charge. Every nurse is Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and S.T.A.B.L.E. certified.
Visiting the NICU
The NICU is open for visitation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except from 6:00-8:00 a.m. and p.m. and from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
All visitors are asked to roll up their sleeves and wash their hands and arms prior to entering the NICU in order to prevent the spread of disease. Visitors are not allowed in the NICU if they have a cold, fever, or have been exposed to any illness. Please consider the critical health conditions of our smallest patients when planning a visit.
For more information about visiting, please call 210-332-1350.
Should your family require additional support during this challenging time, please don’t hesitate to ask your nurse. Nurses are trained to help you and your family through this difficult process. Chaplains, social workers, occupational health professionals, and dietitians are also available to provide you with support.
Have more questions about maternity care or the NICU at Southwest General Hospital? Call 210-332-1350 for more information.