Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- A tertiary unit with advanced equipment including high frequency ventilators caters to premature babies with special needs and those born after high risk pregnancies such as following in vitro fertilisation .The unit provides pre and post-operative management of neonatal emergencies.
Care of preterm and very low birth weight babies: The preterm babies have many problems including respiratory difficulty, feeding intolerance, infection and increased chances of bleeding. The unit has incubators with in-built temperature control and oxygen delivery system.
Mechanical ventilation including high frequency ventilation: The unit has mechanical ventilator to support babies with breathing difficulty. We have state of the art ventilators including high frequency ventilators, which is a gentler and better mode of ventilation in specific conditions.
The department encourages breast feed at the earliest and mothers express their milk in the nursery and very premature babies are started on expressed breast milk at the earliest. Mothers are also involved in the care of the baby; they are encouraged to hold the baby next to their skin which helps in establishing lactation and also improves the bonding with the baby.