Spring 2005
Bridgeport Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit: Tender Expertise

Bridgeport Hospital's 20–bed Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NBICU) is a Level III (highest level) NBICU where premature, low-birthweight, or critically ill newborns are given loving, expert care.

Here, in spacious, bright quarters, specially trained nurses and physicians watch over their little patients 24 hours a day. About 400 babies each year are cared for in the NBICU, including twins, triplets, and even quadruplets! Some were born prematurely; some were full-term but have critical health problems. Many infants are transferred from other hospitals when they unexpectedly develop problems requiring our expertise. This NBICU, the most experienced in Fairfield County, has been saving babies' lives for 30 years.

Moms and dads are welcome here any time, 24 hours a day, to touch, hold, and bond with their baby. Big brothers and sisters can come too, from 4–8 p.m. on weekdays. The unit includes a room where parents can stay over-night, and private breastfeeding rooms for new moms to nurse their infants as soon as the little ones are ready.

Bridgeport Hospital's NBICU is closely affiliated with the Newborn Special Care Nursery at Yale–New Haven Hospital, enhancing the care for infants in our unit.