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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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At Memorial Hospital, we are prepared for the unexpected when you're expecting. The Birthplace is dedicated to creating a comfortable, joyous experience, but should the need arise, the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the Mississippi Coast is available at Memorial for sick infants and newborns.

The Children's of Mississippi Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for sick infants and newborns in Gulfport and surrounding communities. The only unit on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Memorial NICU is staffed by board certified neonatologists. We have access to subspecialty care through Children's of Mississippi's extensive network so we can help give premature babies and babies with other diseases the special care they need. Located on the seventh floor of Memorial Hospital, the NICU was recently updated and features 23 beds in 11 semi-private rooms. One parent may stay with the infant in our comfortable rooms.

Our Neonatal Transport Team provides quick and efficient inter-hospital ground transfer for acutely ill or potentially unstable infants to the neonatal intensive care unit at Memorial. The specialized transport team consists of trained nurses and respiratory therapists with neonatal and pediatric experience. An integral part of the team is the neonatologist who activates the transport team and supervises care during the transport. This means you have a choice to transfer from another facility, if needed, and stay on the Coast, close to family.

The Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Program is offered at Memorial for the many premature infants requiring close follow-up after discharge. A nurse, physical therapist and neonatologist see the infant. Complex medical conditions are reviewed and developmental milestones are noted. The clinic follows the high-risk neonatal patient from birth to age two and is available with physician referral for the patient with developmental delays, growth delays or those who may have experienced problems due to prematurity, or other problems.

Our developmental service provides a program of diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive treatment for children with developmental disabilities. Our team evaluates infants and children at high risk for developmental delays. The service is designed to enhance the care provided by the infant's pediatrician.