In Quebec, there are 6 neonatal intensive care units (NICU).
Your premature baby may need to be hospitalized in a neonatal unit or a nursery. Some premature babies born close to term will be admitted to a hospital nursery whereas others who require more specialized care will receive treatment in a neonatal unit.
The stay in a neonatal unit varies in lengths for most preemies. At birth, although the baby's body is fully formed, its size and wight may be insufficient.
Furthermore, certain organs may still not have fully developed and may not yet function efficiently. That may lead to certain complications.
Luckily, you can count on your doctor and the entire nursing staff who will provide you with the relevant information concerning your baby's health daily. Do not hesitate to ask questions. It is perfectly normal to reformulate the same questions repeatedly and there is no such thing as a wrong question! Fatigue and stress will hinder your ability to retain information. Give yourself a break and give yourself some time. After all, you’ve been plunged into a whole new world!
Several caregivers may be called upon to provide care to your child during his or her stay in the NICU. Remember that there is a close collaboration between the different caregivers. It is essentially teamwork. To provide high-quality neonatal care, two essential elements are required: cutting-edge medical acre and human relations. Every member of the medical staff has an important role to play.
They are on hand to provide care to your child day and night. The NICU resembles a beehive in which each member plays a crucial role and the parents are also members of the hive.
You will probably meet many of these professionals when you are with your baby; here is a list of healthcare professionals who may work in a neonatal unit: