Although your pediatrician can solve most health problems of newborns, a Neonatologist is trained specifically to handle the most complex and high-risk situations.
If your newborn is premature, or has a serious illness, injury, or birth defect, a neonatologist may assist at the time of delivery and in the subsequent care of your newborn. If a problem is identified before your baby is born, a neonatologist may become involved to consult with your obstetrician in your baby's care during your pregnancy.
Neonatologists generally provide the following care:
- Diagnose and treat newborns with conditions such as breathing disorders, infections, and birth defects.
- Coordinate care and medically manage newborns born premature, critically ill, or in need of surgery.
- Ensure that critically ill newborns receive the proper nutrition for healing and growth.
- Stabilize and treat newborns with any life-threatening medical problems.
- Consult with obstetricians, pediatricians, and family physicians about conditions affecting newborn infants
Cabell Huntington welcomes more than 2,600 babies into the world each year - the second highest number of deliveries of any hospital in West Virginia. The hospital cares for mothers and babies from 29 counties in the Tri-State area of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Cabell Huntington Hospital has the largest and longest running Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in the entire state of West Virginia. One of only three Level III units in West Virginia, our NICU encompasses emergency, critical, diagnostic and therapeutic care for premature babies or those born with special needs. For more information about the history of the creation of our NICU, please visit: http://www.teamwv.org/Media/service_to_children_photos/RWTribute.htm