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Parent Care

Parent Care Rooms - For Parents and Babies Before Discharge

St. Mary's provides rooms for use by parents of NICU patients.  These rooms are designed for parents and babies to stay together before discharge. 

This allows parents to become comfortable caring for the newest members of their families and attending to any special needs, with the reassurance of knowing the NICU staff is nearby, before taking their babies home.

A Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to St. Mary's campus to provide a "home away from home" for the families from the surrounding area with critically ill or injured children. 

Several local hotels offer discounted rates to St. Mary's parents, families, and visitors.

The NICU at St. Mary's Hospital for Women and Children was the first Level III Nursery in the tri-state.  Experience counts with the tiniest and sickest babies.  St. Mary's NICU has served our community since 1977.

We are the only hospital in the tri-state that offers inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy, a cutting edge treatment for infants in respiratory failure.

We can care for babies born weighing less than one pound.  Our tiniest NICU graduate weighed 10.9 ounces at birth (the weight of a can of soup), was 9 inches long and is now enjoying life at home with her family.

Other services offered include:

  • On-site coverage by experienced local neonatologists 24/7
  • Several types of ventilation for babies with respiratory problems
  • Care of common surgical problems such as GI obstruction, hernias and PDA ligations available locally - you don't have to go out of town to get the care your child needs
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Area's first and only emergency transport team for expectant mothers and newborns.

Some surgical procedures are also performed in the NICU, which reduces the need to transport fragile babies on ventilators to another area of the hospital.

Our neonatal survival outcomes are higher than the national average.  Babies born four months early at St. Mary's have an 81% chance of survival.  Babies born three months early have a 98% chance of survival.

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