Developmental Care in the Sharp Mary Birch NICU

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sharp Mary Birch provides evidence-based developmental care designed to improve outcomes in premature babies, or preemies, by maintaining an environment as close to that of the womb as possible. Mimicking the womb has a variety of health benefits for preemies, including helping normal brain growth in babies born as early as 23 weeks gestation.

Developmental care includes:

  • Low lighting that is further dimmed at night to mimic baby's natural circadian rhythms
  • Noise-reducing features including acoustic tiles
  • Music therapy, with instruments timed to baby's respiration and heartbeat, part of our Arts for Healing Program
  • Swaddle bathing to reduce stress and imitate compact womb environment

For More Neonatal Intensive Care Information
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