Neonatal ICU is a true blessing for babies who come early!

“For me, the most difficult thing was leaving the baby at the hospital after I recovered and was going home,” says Shery Daroch, whose baby, Naysa, was born at 24 weeks and a teeny 580 gms . No one expected her to survive or make it through the night. But she did. A two-year-old today, Naysa spent her first three months in the NICU at Cloudnine. Her parents came every day to see her. “Fathers weren’t allowed in as often as mothers but Varun came every day too,” she says fondly.

The neonatal intensive care unit is where premature babies and newborns with serious medical conditions can receive specialised care from a medical team consisting of a neonatalogist, respiratory specialist, a child-life specialist and nurses. Apart from these facilities available in NICU, one of the key things that make a difference to parents who have a child in there are the nurses assigned to this very important caregiving area.

A NICU nurse is probably at the baby’s bedside more than anyone else tending to the baby. “NICU nurses have a wide variety of responsibilities when caring for babies in the intensive care unit. The role of a NICU nurse also includes educating parents on how to care for their baby when he or she is discharged from the hospital. Usually, parents are counselled on special procedures required, such as feeding assistance,” says Amala Louis, a nursing supervisor at Cloudnine , Old Airport Road (Bangalore).

All of this was provided to Shery and she gives it wholehearted testimony. You can see it in the way other nurses, who are on their way out after the shift, reach out to Naysa as she waits in the corridor to say hello. With Cloudnine Old Airport Road handling nearly 200 deliveries a month, you’d think it must be hard to remember the babies; but looking at these nurses, apparently not.   

NICU nurses are also present at a baby’s delivery in order to provide immediate medical care as needed. This may involve lifesaving interventions and stabilising the baby immediately after birth. “After the first few days when I got over the pain of having to leave Naysa in the hospital and go home, I saw how much the nurses were doing for her. In about a couple of weeks, I was as comfortable as one can be in a situation like this with leaving Naysa in the Cloudnine doctors’ and nurses’ care in the NICU, where it was critical for her to be,” says Shery, adding that before she took the baby home and all through the NICU stay, she was regularly counseled on how to deal with just about every aspect taking care of a preterm baby.

The NICU at Cloudnine has been certified by the National Neonatology Forum as Level III – the highest level of intensive care. It is equipped with cutting-edge equipment like Giraffe incubators (used for critically ill or severely preterm babies), HFOV and nitric oxide, and other necessary infrastructure; and with neonatologists who are available to you round the clock, the NICU is a place where miracles happen, as Shery will tell you.

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