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Women & Infants operates one of the nation’s largest single-family room Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), where the latest technology and highly skilled specialists care for babies born prematurely or sick.

The NICU provides comprehensive care through the coordinated efforts of social workers, occupational therapists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, neonatal nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal-perinatal fellows, and attending neonatologists and pediatricians. Practitioners skilled in the care and stabilization of sick newborns are available in-house 24 hours a day. The single-family room model also encourages families to be actively involved in their baby’s care.

Each room has a special couch that converts to a bed so parents can spend the night with their baby. On the two-story unit, there is also plenty of space dedicated to families for rest, eating lunch, or making phone calls with status updates. A beautiful family lounge stretches from the first floor to the second in the NICU, featuring a full kitchen, showers for parents, computers, a play area for older siblings, and a mesmerizing salt water fish tank.

Families also find support in the unit’s full-time parent advocate, sponsored by a grant from the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, and a March of Dimes’ parent advocate.

The Women & Infants NICU is a special place. Nearly 25 percent of babies born here are to high-risk mothers, and 11 percent are premature. Our survival rates for very low birth weight infants are well above national averages.

Newborn Nurseries

The newborn nursery service is lead by Dr. Adam Czynski. This service includes a team of pediatricians, pediatric and family practice residents, and medical students from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. This team of physicians works in concert with the mother-baby nurses, lactation consultants, and other sub-specialty consultants to meet the specific needs of the family and to ensure continuity of care.

Over the last year the newborn nursery service has expanded to include community physicians with specialized interest in the care of the newborns and the supervision of residents to provide pediatric attendings seven days a week. This caring environment is enhanced with the involvement of our dedicated community and voluntary medical staff who partner with us to provide individualized care to our families.