For NICU Families

A family with a baby in intensive care often needs nearly as much care, compassion and support as their infant. At Texas Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we strive to provide each family with the help they need during this difficult time.

You can rely on your baby’s health care team to answer any questions you have or to listen to your concerns and suggestions.


Why a NICU?

1 in 10 babies will require neonatal intensive care. Babies may need the specialized care of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for many reasons.


Planning for NICU care

The specialists at Texas Children’s recommend that all expectant parents create a B.U.M.P., or baby urgent medical plan, so you’ll know where to turn if your baby requires NICU care.


What to look for in a NICU

Size and volume matters in a NICU because research shows that babies treated in hospitals with highly experienced staff who treat the most babies have better outcomes.


Transferring your baby to our NICU

Some of the babies cared for by the Texas Children’s Newborn Center are born at nearby hospitals. Others are transferred to Texas Children's from around the region, state and even from hospitals in other parts of the U.S.


Tips for NICU parents

Our staff offers the tips for parents whose children may need to spend time in our NICU.


Frequently asked questions

We provide answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about NICU care.