Why are babies placed in the NICU?
Q: How does a baby end up in the NICU?
A: Most of us think the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is for preemies only, but newborn babies with all kinds of health problems are cared for there. Full-term newborns who've had surgery, suffer from an infection from their mother, had low Apgar scores, or went through a rough delivery are also NICU babies. If your doctor knows you're a candidate for a high-risk birth, he may have a team from the NICU present at your delivery to administer emergency care and take your baby there immediately.
Originally published in American Baby magazine, November 2006. Updated 2009
Answered by American Baby Team