Life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Every year, more than 6,500 babies are welcomed into the world at Mount Sinai Hospital. Approximately 1,000 of these babies are admitted to the NICU each year due to preterm birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulty, low blood sugar and infection.

Mount Sinai’s highly trained doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, lactation consultants and nutritionists all play an integral role in the care of these babies.

While the environment is scary for any new parent to see their baby covered by tubes and IV lines with alarms and monitors constantly ringing, the team provides a warm and loving environment to both baby and parent.

Each baby is assigned their own bed-space where they spend their journey tucked away in an isolette or crib. The journey is an emotional rollercoaster that consists of taking one step forward and two steps back.

With your help we hope to make this journey easier for families in the NICU.