Neonatal Intensive Care

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Neonatal Intensive Care

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.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Freeman NICU, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in conjunction with Walmart and Sam’s Club, donated Angel Eye NICU Camera System, a secure web-based camera system that allows parents to remotely see their child via a live feed. A camera mounted to the baby’s bed provides parents 24-hour access to their child, helping ease the pain of separation if parents must return to work or leave the hospital.

Angel Eye was designed to encourage bonding between parent and child, incorporating a one-way, low-decibel audio system, so parents can talk to the child. The system is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act because it does not store any patient information or record the video stream. Parents can allow access to as many as 20 loved ones who wish to see their baby. Once an infant is discharged, all accounts associated with the infant are removed from the system.