Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Forrest Health’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Forrest General Hospital cares for premature, underweight and/or sick babies requiring the highest level of care after birth.
The Forrest General Neonatal Transport Team has the great responsibility of traveling to outlying facilities in our 19-county area to bring at-risk infants back to Forrest General, which has the Pine Belt’s only family-centered NICU. To meet the special needs of our tiniest patients Forrest General has a specially designed NICU transport ambulance.
Our NICU consists of a total of 23 beds, divided between an intensive care unit, intermediate care nursery and isolation room for critically ill infants. The NICU is supported by four neonatologists, two nurse practitioners, and highly skilled nurses, respiratory therapists and acute and advanced care techs trained in neonatal care and is classified as a level III facility.
Families and Visitors
The NICU at Forrest General is one of only a few in the nation to offer "family-centered care." What this means for you is that you can remain with your child at all times during their stay in the NICU. Up to two adults may stay overnight with the baby in their room. Siblings and family members over 2 years of age may visit once per shift and must be supervised by parents at all times. Multiple-birth siblings may also visit if they have been discharged and are well.
Each NICU bed is equipped with a webcam so parents can stay connected with their newborns. The secure service is free to NICU families and can be accessed through a username and password provided on written consent. It also provides a way for loved ones that are too small or too far away to see your newest little addition. Bonding with your baby is one of the greatest joys of parenting, and it’s something our NICU parents can now experience!
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Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
Infants who are born prematurely or are very sick at birth are at risk for delays in their early developmental skills, motor skills, physical strength and later learning abilities. That's why we continue to monitor NICU graduates for two years through the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic — another part of our comprehensive care provided to premature infants. Forrest General is the only hospital in Mississippi to offer the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), a partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies. The NICU Experience