You and the NICU

Since most multiples are born preterm, it is common for twins and higher-order multiples to be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Below, you will find information and links to resources to help guide you in a NICU stay.

What is the neonatal intensive care unit?

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. NICUs may also have intermediate or continuing care areas for babies who are not as sick but do need specialized nursing care.

Which babies need special care?

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. In the US, nearly 13 percent of babies are born preterm, and many of these babies also have low birthweights. Twins, triplets, and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections, or birth defects are also cared for in the NICU.


Links to Lexington hospital NICU web pages

Baptist Health

University of Kentucky

St. Joseph’s

March of Dimes resources for your NICU stay

NICU reference guide

Staff in the NICU

Understanding your feelings

Breastfeeding in the NICU

Leaving the NICU

After the NICU resources

Ronald McDonald House

Should you deliver at a Lexington hospital, but not live in the area, Ronald McDonald House may be able to provide you with a place to stay at little or no cost so that you may be close to your babies.