Having a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is often unexpected and can be overwhelming. The highly experienced team in Rush University Medical Center’s new Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit understands that family is the most important part of a baby’s life, and we encourage the family to be involved in their baby’s care.
Our new NICU was designed to provide exceptional care to the most vulnerable babies (including premature babies and babies born with heart and breathing problems) and their families.
Here, your baby will receive the most advanced medical care in our brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities.
Babies treated in the NICU
Babies requiring a high level of medical attention are admitted to the NICU, including the following:
- Premature babies who have a low birth weight or other health problem.
- Babies who are part of a multiple birth (e.g., twins, triplets) and have a low birthweight or other health problem.
- Babies who have infections, heart conditions, gastrointestinal or breathing problems.
At Rush, babies come to us because they are born here (Rush has doctors who specialize in caring for women facing high-risk pregnancies) or they are brought here from other hospitals.
Rush has been designated by the state of Illinois to serve as the regional center for a network of Chicago-area hospitals providing quality care to high-risk mothers and babies.
Caring for babies in the NICU
- Advanced care. As a level III care unit (the highest possible designation), the NICU at Rush cares for the smallest and sickest babies.
- Round-the-clock care. Board-certified neonatologists are available 24 hours a day.
- Care at all stages. All high-risk deliveries at Rush, including pregnancies less than 32 weeks gestation, are attended by a board-certified neonatologist, an advanced practice neonatology nurse or resident, a NICU nurse and a respiratory therapist.
- Nutrition counseling. Licensed and registered dieticians provide expert guidance about the nutrition NICU babies need to grow and thrive.
- Respiratory therapy. Neonatal-trained respiratory therapists are onsite in the NICU 24 hours a day.
- Transport team. If you deliver elsewhere and your baby needs to be transferred to Rush for specialized care, our specialized neonatal transport team ensures babies being transferred to the NICU at Rush receive the special care they need.
- Breastfeeding support. The Rush Mothers’ Milk Club offers breastfeeding support and peer support counseling to mothers whose babies are in the NICU.
The new NICU: Space to nurture and bond
The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides not only the latest technology but a family-centered care.
- Individual rooms. Rush has individual rooms which have been shown to be beneficial in reducing the spread of potentially life-threatening infections, while also providing privacy for families.
- Immediate care. The NICU is located immediately next to labor and delivery, allowing our neonatal intensive care specialists to care for babies in distress within seconds after delivery.
- Proximity to mom. Our NICU is accessible via a walkway from the mother-baby unit (located in the Atrium), where healthy mothers recover after labor and delivery. Mothers and families can spend time with their babies anytime during the day or night.