About Our Practice
Pediatrix Neonatology of Ohio is dedicated to providing excellent state-of-the-art medical care to infants and their families in a safe and compassionate environment. We strive to attain this through a team approach and with a commitment to honesty, professionalism, cost effectiveness and ethical standards. Our neonatologists (baby doctors) and neonatal nurse practitioners of NNPs (specially trained nurses) provide care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Miami Valley Hospital, as well as other hospitals in the Dayton metropolitan area.
The NICU is a special nursery dedicated to the care of sick newborns. Babies who require special care in the NICU have problems that range from minor to serious. The most common problems seen in babies requiring NICU admission are due to prematurity, breathing problems or heart conditions. There are other conditions which sometimes require a baby to be admitted to the NICU and your baby's doctor or NNP will explain these conditions to you if necessary. A large team of people which includes a doctor, NNP and sometimes a pediatric resident will check on your baby during "daily rounds". Other team members may include a nurse, respiratory therapist, dietician, pharmacist, social worker, discharge planner and an occupational therapist. We are all here for you and your baby.
You are also an important member of the team. We hope you can attend rounds as much as possible. We know it may be difficult for you to come every day, so please make sure we have an updated phone number or two so we can contact you with any important changes. If you are not with us during rounds your baby's nurse, doctor or NNP is always available to provide updates or answer your questions.
Our NICU offers:
- The only NICU in the region to offer the potentially life saving treatment called ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) for those babies who suffer from conditions which affect the baby's ability to maintain oxygen.
- Whole body cooling as necessary
- A recently expanded 51,000 square foot Level III NICU with 60 single rooms and an average of 830 admissions to the unit per year.
- NICU staff dedicated to research and participation in state and national quality improvement initiatives, to help improve the lives of newborns.
We want you to understand your baby's care. Please let us know if you do not understand what is happening or the words we are using. Over time you will become more familiar with all the new words and machines, but please remember your questions and concerns are always welcome. This website provides information to assist parents and guardians throughout their baby's stay in the NICU. While here, learn about our practice, our clinicians and, most importantly, health conditions that may affect a baby requiring admission to the NICU.