According to the March of Dimes, about one in 10 babies will require intensive medical care immediately after birth. About 900 newborns are admitted to University of Mississippi Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) yearly from across the state and region. It is the only Level IV neonatal facility in Mississippi.
The compassionate NICU care team at Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants offers specialized medical treatment for extremely premature babies with less than 28 weeks gestation, premature babies with less than 37 weeks gestation; those with a low birth weight of less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces); and babies with severe health problems, such as respiratory distress, chromosomal or metabolic disorders, congenital defects or infection.
These babies, classified as neonates, are provided with intravenous fluids, respiratory support, complex work-up, infection control, surgery (all pediatric surgical subspecialties) and whatever else is needed for support.