When complications during and after childbirth threaten the health of your newborn, the care they receive in the first few hours of their life can transform their future. In the Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph NewLife Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the hands and hearts of every care provider are unified in one mission: seeking the best outcome for your precious newborn.
Exceptional care around the clock
Neonatologists are on duty 24 hours a day to attend to emergency deliveries and to treat the full range of medical problems that can occur after childbirth. Your newborn will be cared for by a compassionate team of professionals with advanced credentials in neonatal critical care. Via Christi offers 24-hour air and ground transport to the hospital by a team specializing in transporting mothers-to-be and newborns.
The NICU team includes:
- Consulting specialists in surgical care for newborns with birth defects and pediatric medical care for genetic conditions; conditions affecting the nervous system, heart, lungs, eyes and blood; and infectious disease; many procedures can be done in the unit's own surgical suite, reducing the need to move fragile newborns.
- Neonatal occupational, physical and speech therapists, dietitian and board-certified lactation consultants
While the unit's open environment allows babies to be closely monitored, each bed can be easily enclosed for breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and quiet time for you and your baby. For nursing mothers, there's a spacious lactation room and rooms (as available) that may be used for overnight stays after you've been discharged from the hospital.
The NICU's social worker can help connect you with hospital and community resources; the chaplain assigned to the unit and a third-floor chapel stands ready to provide spiritual support.
Prior to discharge, you can spend a night or two caring for your baby in a bedroom housed within the unit so that you can practice your care-giving skills with the medical and nursing staff close at hand.
For out-of-town families, the Via Christi Inn - located across the street at 3310 E. Grand - offers a welcoming place to stay while your child is hospitalized. Wichita also has two Ronald McDonald Houses.