Areas to Support
Newborn Intensive Care
Meriter's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the best place for premature and sick infants to receive the advanced care they need. We are recognized as a premier regional center for high-risk neonatal care. In 2013, our board certified neonatologists and perinatologists provided medical care to 581 critically ill infants. Approximately half of the newborns were born between 23 and 36 weeks gestation.
Our NICU provides advanced care services to a broad regional area. While most babies are born at Meriter, others arrive via helicopter or a specially equipped ambulance from South Central Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
According to the March of Dimes, about one in nine babies is born prematurely. To help parents during and after this challenging experience, Meriter Hospital offers the SPIN (S
n the N
ICU) support group. SPIN meets once a week and serves as a forum for parents to share their stories, seek advice and other tips when caring for a baby born too soon.
"When you're in a situation like this, when you're in the NICU, it helps to talk to someone who's been there, who knows what it's like to see their baby in an incubator as opposed to a normal crib at home," says Becky Goplin, a mother in the support group. Her son was born at 32 weeks.
The SPIN group is open to parents with infants who are currently or formerly patients in the NICU.
When: Every Friday NOON - 1:00 pm Lunch and refreshments provided
Where: NICU Family Room
What: All parents are welcome and encouraged to come and share your story
Ask your nurse or medical team for more information!
Supported by: Mikayla’s Grace and Meriter - UnityPoint Health
Gifts to the NICU support equipment needs on the unit, education and training for NICU staff, research funding and family support services.