St. Vincent Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of only two Level IV facilities in the state of Indiana and currently the only Level IV unit in the same facility as a level IV perinatal center. One of only six Newborn Intensive Care units (NICU’s) in the United States, St. Vincent Women’s has achieved Joint Commission disease-specific certification: prematurity. This level of commitment by the NICU staff builds on a consistent structure of care for premature infants that can lead to better outcomes. With 75 acute care, 12 intermediate care and 10 continuing care nursery beds, it is the largest NICU in the state. The unit is staffed by neonatologists and specialists to provide around-the-clock care for the most fragile and sickest of newborns requiring some extra support while making the transition to extrauterine life. Equipped with a state-of-the-art neonatal ground and air transport system, our specially-trained critical care team is ready to respond when the need arises.
The arrival of a new family member is an exciting and emotional event. But when the newborn’s first few critical days, weeks or even months are spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), parental joy is tempered by the unease of separation and the stress of fitting in regular visits.
Bonding between parents and their new baby is as important in the NICU as it is at home. NICVIEW™ is designed to help families develop that bond with their preemie or hospitalized infant, even when they cannot be at the bedside. Parents, siblings and relatives can get to know their newborn by watching daily progress.
A NICU experience is difficult for parents — emotionally, physically and spiritually. Not only must parents deal with the uncertainty of a complex medical condition, but they also spend a great deal of time separated from their newborn child, which adds to the anxiety that parents feel. As part of the St. Vincent commitment to patient- and family-centered care, the staff at St. Vincent Women’s assists parents with the emotional strain of a NICU experience through the use of the NICVIEW™ Camera System. This system uses small cameras mounted at each patient’s bed with a view of the baby. The cameras have the capability to wirelessly stream secure video over the Internet, allowing parents to view their babies through any device that has access to the Internet via a secure website.
This is the largest NICU in the state of Indiana, and the staff provides care for babies from across the state. The NICVIEW™ Camera System helps alleviate anxiety for families who travel from far away or may need to return to work prior to their baby going home.
- Decrease anxiety
- Share their baby with family and friends
- Security of having unlimited access to see their baby
- Nurse can post messages
- Increase bonding
Works with everything
- Any device that connects to the Internet
- Utilizes browsers – no need to download
- Ability to turn off at nurse’s discretion or at set times
- Message displays “Your nurse is caring for your baby – please come back soon.”
As part of the St. Vincent commitment to patient- and family-centered care, the staff at St. Vincent Women’s assists parents with the emotional strain of a NICU experience through the use of the NICVIEW™ Camera System. This system, funded entirely by contributions from associate donors, uses small cameras mounted at each patient’s bed with a view of the baby. The cameras have the capability to wirelessly stream secure video over the Internet, allowing parents to view their babies through any device that has access to the Internet via a secure website. To support the ongoing needs of NicView or other St. Vincent NICU programs funded by generous donations to the St. Vincent Foundation, visit give.stvincent.org/nicu.
NICU Family Support Program
The March of Dimes has developed the NICU Family Support program to help support NICU families during their baby’s time in the St. Vincent Women’s NICU. The program also educates NICU staff about the best ways to support babies, families, and each other. The NICU Family Support program is currently implemented in more than 130 NICUs in the country. Hospitals with a NICU Family Support program are able to offer their families special materials including keepsake booklets for their NICU baby, a guide for parenting in the NICU, and a NICU guide There are also materials about babies in the NICU less than 14 days, a common experience that can also be very frightening and stressful. As part of the program, hospitals also receive information for extended family members such as grandparents and siblings, and materials just for dads. In addition, families can access March of Dimes NICU resources online from any device with an internet connection. In Indiana, St. Vincent Women’s houses the largest NICU in the state, and has about 900 admissions a year. To learn more about this program, and our new NICU Family Support Specialist, Kaitlin Horan, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, click here.
Journey Bead Program
Every two weeks at St. Vincent Women’s, the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program offers a Journey Bead Parent Hour. It is a time for parents of babies that are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Neonatal Continuing Care (NCC) to take a break from the long hours spent at the bedside. Many families have expressed this Parent Hour helps relieve stress, while also aiding in celebrating the progress that their infant has made. Learn more here.
The St. Vincent Carmel newborn intensive care unit (NICU) is uniquely designed to meet the complex needs of premature and sick newborns. Recently remodeled with family-centered care in mind, the private rooms help create a healing environment for these babies and their families. Additionally, the NICU is staffed around the clock with experienced neonatologists, neonatal nursing staff and specially-trained respiratory therapists. Should the need arise, St. Vincent Carmel neonatal medical staff work closely with their counterparts at St. Vincent Women’s NICU and pediatric subspecialists at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital to manage the most critically ill and complex situations.
Annual NICU Reunion
Each year, we gather for a day of celebration in Zionsville’s Lions Park as a chance for families to catch up with each other and with the St. Vincent team members who shared their NICU journey.
Thousands of families join us every year to remember their NICU experience at the reunion. It’s a morning chockfull of outdoor fun, including pony rides, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, prizes and snacks. (But no pets, please.)
We welcome family members of lost infants, who might want to visit the Angel Tree planted at the park in 2010 and take a special memento in remembrance. Learn more about our annual NICU Reunion here.