Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai West
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mount Sinai West is a Level III 26-bed unit with the ability to provide comprehensive medical care to preterm and other high-risk newborns.
What we do: Our neonatologists provide expert, comprehensive, family-centered care for more than 500 newborns each year. With an average of more than 15 years experience, our neonatologists provide onsite coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Who we are: Our multidisciplinary staff includes board-certified neonatologists, attending pediatricians, and pediatric medical subspecialists. Our unit is also staffed with more than 50 nurses who specialize in newborn care, as well as dedicated social workers, lactation consultants, music therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and respiratory therapists.
Why Choose Mount Sinai West?
Our mission is to provide nurturing, family-centered care. Our entire staff recognizes and supports the vital role families play in the care of a sick newborn.
Our neonatologists would be happy to meet with your family prior to delivery when we anticipate that your infant may require NICU admission. We help you understand what to expect during the admission and the anticipated follow-up care required upon discharge. Meetings can include tours of relevant areas of our Maternal Child Health unit so you will know what to expect. We show you where you and your baby will receive care and introduce you to the specialists who will take care of your infant.
Our health care team understands that having an infant in the NICU is an anxious time for parents and families. We are here to help you through your NICU experience. Our goal is to make the hospital experience as positive as possible for you and your family. We encourage you to visit your baby as often as possible and to take an active role in your child’s care. What you notice about your baby is important. We encourage you to attend and participate in daily bedside medical rounds when we see your baby. Each day, the neonatologist caring for your baby will call you to update you on your baby’s condition and answer any questions you have. We always encourage you to ask questions about your baby’s progress and to raise any concerns about your child’s condition.
In addition to routine NICU care, our expertise includes:
- Advanced respiratory care (including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation and nitric oxide)
- Therapeutic hypothermia
- Bedside brain monitoring
- Laser treatment for retinopathy of prematurity
Our special programs include the following:
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program
- NICU-based social work support including Parent Sharing Support Group, NICU Family Advisory Council, and Parent CPR Training
- Small group NICU parenting classes
- Music therapy
- Lactation support, provided by our staff of six dedicated certified lactation consultants; in addition, nearly 50 percent of our NICU nurses are either certified lactation counselors or international board certified lactation consultants.
- Chaplain services
- 24-hour live translation services, available in hundreds of languages