Within our NICU’s Small Baby Unit, we have a Tiny Baby Program dedicated to micro-preemies. These babies are born less than 28 weeks gestation (full term is 40 weeks) or weighing less than 1,000 grams (2.2 lbs.).

Micro-preemies tend to experience lower oxygen levels at birth and difficulty breathing, inabilities to maintain or regulate body temperature, difficulties with feedings and gaining weight, and higher rates of breathing, gastrointestinal (GI), or neurological issues. We have a highly trained, multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, clinicians, and therapists dedicated to serving the unique needs of these incredibly premature newborns.

The environment within the Small Baby Unit was created to be developmentally appropriate for these babies. A mother’s womb provides a warm and dark environment for a baby to grow, so even full-term babies take time to transition to life outside of the womb. Since these micro-preemies haven’t had a chance to fully develop, the Small Baby Unit’s lights and sounds are hushed. This approach mimics the womb and aids in the baby’s growth.


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