Women & Babies Hospital is home to Lancaster County’s first and most advanced Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Thanks to an alliance with LG Health, a dedicated team of physicians (neonatologists), neonatal nurse practitioners, and physician assistants from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provide 24/7, on-site care in our 29-bed unit to infants who are premature or in need of extra attention. These providers have been part of our NICU team for many years, and have the experience, advanced training, and equipment to care for newborns as early as 23 gestational weeks.
As part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s renowned Division of Neonatology—a network with more than a dozen locations—our NICU in Lancaster also has access to the most advanced research and innovative, successful treatments for critically ill newborns.
If your baby requires NICU care, we do all we can to make you and your family as comfortable as possible. We have private breastfeeding areas, family sitting and visiting rooms, an open hours visitation policy, and overnight accommodations for parents so you are never far from your newborn.
Advanced Technology for Our Tiniest Patients
Our NICU team is trained and equipped to care for premature infants born as early as 23 weeks gestation. For these babies, the ability to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing must be learned, since they were born before they could develop this skill in utero (this stage typically occurs at 32–34 weeks gestation.)
Women & Babies Hospital was the first area-hospital and the second in the state to offer the FDA-approved NTrainer device, which assesses an infant’s ability to feed (suck), and provides therapies to build and strengthen this vital skill. The NTrainer helps decrease the amount of time a baby needs a feeding tube, engaging mom and dad with feedings sooner, and often leads to a shorter length of stay in the NICU.
Assuring a Safe and Comfortable Stay
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