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Helping those born before their time
No parent plans to have a premature or critically ill baby, but mothers who choose Freeman for their maternity care can rest easier knowing that skilled and experienced physicians and staff stand ready to provide the immediate critical care their babies need.
Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only one of its kind in the four-state area, provides specialized care using state-of-the-art technology and years of experience treating premature and critically ill infants. Survival rates for infants less than three pounds have increased significantly as a result of the outstanding medical care provided by the Freeman NICU team of doctors, neonatal nurse practitioners, specialized developmental therapists, and nurses.
- 24-bed unit equipped to handle critically ill or premature babies
- Board-certified neonatologists specializing in care of premature and critically ill babies
- In-house neonatal nurse practitioners available 24 hours a day
- Pod nursing for efficiency, patient supervision, and infection control
- Individualized instruction to prepare families to care for their baby's special needs once they return home
- Comfortable, private areas for families
- Transport team and equipment to bring babies from outside the immediate area to Freeman
In 2011, the Freeman NICU underwent a $1.3 million expansion and renovation, thanks to a donation from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The new space allows us to care for more of our most fragile patients. It includes a "rooming out" sleep room for parents to use the night before taking their baby home, therapeutic lighting, new monitors and incubator/warmers to eliminate the need to move infants between devices, and additional security features.