The neonatal intensive care unit in the Wesley Women’s Hospital provides specialized infant care that is critical to sustaining and nurturing your newborn. Infants who have complications due to premature birth, infections or other health challenges are admitted to this unit.
Patient care team
Infants receive care from physicians called neonatologists, nurses and neonatal respiratory therapists who have an average tenure of more than 10 years. Pediatric subspecialists in cardiology, neurology and orthopedics join pediatric residents and neonatal nurse practitioners in meeting the challenges of these newborns.
Parents who have babies in the NICU can receive support from the Family Advisory Council
Wesley's 30-year reputation for providing the most advanced neonatal care in the Wichita and North Oklahoma area is based in part on the hospital's clinical research. Wesley's highly respected NICU serves as a lead institution in presenting evidence about new ways to prevent infections. In fact, our NICU's internal rate of infection is among the lowest third in the country.
Wesley participates in national quality improvement efforts related to chronic lung disease, pain management, effects of lighting, sound, parental involvement and other topics.
Neonatologist Barry Bloom's work is having a positive effect on babies at Wesley and across the country. He facilitated teams that described methods for increasing the rate of weight gain and improving breast milk feeding rates. These methods are yielding results in more than 100 NICUs across the United States.
As a collaborative research support site, Wesley has managed five multicenter surfactant trials, helping to reduce lung disease and injury and infants' reliance on oxygen and ventilators.
In addition to our highly qualified patient care team and cutting edge research, Wesley understands and believes in the importance of a mother's love and care. Our mother/baby program makes it possible for moms and babies to be together, even when newborns are in need of special attention.
Wesley's LifeWATCH neonatal transport team works with the Eagle Med ambulance service to bring babies from hundreds of miles away to Wesley via ground and air ambulance.
Most expectant parents don't feel completely prepared to have a baby. Whether you're just beginning to think about pregnancy or have already conceived, Wesley offers a variety of classes and information on all stages of pregnancy. Tours of the BirthCare Center, birth rooms and special care nurseries are available. Take a look at all the classes we have to offer through Family Life Education.