In close partnership with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Manchester Memorial Hospital is staffed with experienced neonatologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and NICU nurses to give 24/7 coverage to support babies born at The Family Birthing Center at Manchester Memorial Hospital who need special care.
Using state-of-the-art technology, these ECHN NICU professionals care for premature and sick infants and attend all high-risk deliveries to ensure the highest quality care to those who may need additional support.
Expert Care with a Personal Touch
The NICU team understands the importance of the family bond, especially for newborns with health challenges. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their infant’s care. Lactation consultants are available to assist with breastfeeding and pumping as needed.
Our NICU offers a unique blend of technology and compassion that encourages growth and healing for babies and support for their parents.
Meet the NICU Team
The team that makes up the NICU is a diverse set of healthcare professionals with special training and skills. They include:
- Lactation consultant: A healthcare worker who specializes in counseling nursing mothers on breastfeeding
- Neonatal nurse: A registered nurse who specializes in the care of premature and sick newborns
- Neonatal nurse practitioner: A nurse with advanced training, specializing in the care of premature and sick infants under the general supervision of the neonatologist
- Neonatologist: A physician who specializes in the care of premature and sick newborns. Our neonatologists are all on staff at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and bring you high-level care and experience right in your home community.
- Pediatrician: A physician who specializes in the care of infants, children and adolescents
- Physical therapist: A specialist in the developmental needs of NICU babies
- Physician's assistant: A healthcare worker who specializes in the care of premature and sick infants under the general supervision of the neonatologist
- Respiratory therapist: A specialist who assists in meeting the breathing needs of NICU babies
- Social worker: A specialist who helps families cope with having an infant in the NICU; the social worker also assists families to make necessary lodging and transportation as well as assists with their needs after discharge
The Unique Experience of the NICU
Having a baby in the NICU can be a frightening experience. Many parents can't eat or sleep, and have trouble understanding and remembering what they are told about their baby.
At ECHN, we encourage new parents to visit their baby frequently and share their feelings with their partners, family, friends and the NICU staff. Our staff supports parents and helps them cope with the situation.
The NICU environment can be overwhelming when first taking in the unit and its significant array of specialized equipment and alarms. But regular visits create a sense of familiarity that help dispel this reaction.
Our staff is committed to doing everything possible to support a newborn in need of extra medical care while also supporting the parents who look forward to the day when they can take their little one home.