Preparing for a NICU Visit at Children's Hospital Colorado at Memorial Hospital Central

Before your arrival

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be with their baby at any time. Visiting arrangements can also be made for other family members, friends or clergy. In order to protect your confidentiality regarding visitors, please contact the unit receptionist and he or she will provide the necessary paperwork for non-guardians. A health screening questionnaire is given to parents at each visit, and healthy siblings are encouraged to visit.

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When you first arrive

When you first enter the waiting area, you will speak with the unit receptionist who will direct you to your baby’s bedside. At that time, a member of your baby’s healthcare team will explain the surroundings, equipment and review your baby’s care. Please check in with the unit receptionist each time you enter the nursery.

What to bring

You are welcome to bring books, clothes, toys and blankets for your baby. Please label everything with your baby’s name. Children's Colorado cannot be responsible for any items you bring into the hospital. Learn more about your visit to Children's Colorado and how to prepare.

As your baby gets better

Prior to your baby’s discharge, we suggest that you write down all questions and concerns you may have and discuss them with a member of your baby’s healthcare team. If your baby is going home, we recommend that you bring clothes, blankets and a car seat. Colorado state law requires the use of an infant car seat. Check with your nurse if you need assistance getting an infant car seat.

Our staff will help you to be as comfortable as possible with your baby’s post-hospital care needs. We will provide detailed medical information to your primary care doctor to support a safe, smooth transition. Occasionally, some babies require special attention and community-based resources and support when they go home, such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy.

Other information

Breast milk can be an important source of nutrition for your baby. If you wish to breastfeed or pump, your baby’s nurse is available to assist you. We can also coordinate consultation with lactation specialists if necessary.

Telephone calls

You are welcome to call anytime to check on your baby’s progress. To ensure accurate communication and confidentiality, we prefer to give medical information only to parents. If you would like someone else to receive information by phone, please inform the unit receptionist and he or she will provide the necessary paperwork for protection of your confidentiality.

Taking pictures of your child

We encourage you to bring your camera to take pictures of your baby.

Home healthcare services

Nursing care, physical therapy and speech/language therapy may be available to serve you and your family in Colorado Springs and other areas. Your baby’s healthcare team is available to work collaboratively to assist you in arranging home healthcare services with an agency in your community.