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Choosing the Cook Children's NICUCook Children's

Choosing our NICU

We all hope for a perfect pregnancy and birth experience. But should you discover that your baby may need critical care, it's very important to choose a NICU that meets the needs of your baby, and feels right for you and your family.

How do you choose a NICU?

Start by talking to your OB/GYN or perinatologist to find out exactly what care or treatments your baby will need. Then ask which NICU has the best equipment and staff to provide that care. Not all NICUs are alike. Do some research to learn about the differences between each one and ask your OB/GYN or pediatrician for a recommendation. You can also ask friends and family for suggestions because sometimes they have had a child in a NICU and are a great source for information.


What makes Cook Children's unique?

More than 100 all single rooms create a specialized environment that can be individually controlled and allow parents around-the-clock access and more involvement in their child's care. Studies show that infants in this type of environment have better long-term outcomes. Cook Children's state-of-the art NICU features specialized equipment and monitoring, including accommodations for twins, triplets and even quads. Our skilled staff is able to provide the highest level of care for premature babies or infants who may have a birth defect or another kind of anomaly. Because Cook Children's is a health care network, infants and newborns in our NICU get 24/7 care. Our team of neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners along with doctors and other health care professionals from a variety of medical specialties such as Pulmonology, Neurology, Pediatric Surgery, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease and Cardiology are there to care for your baby's unique needs.


The nursing staff at Cook Children's Medical Center ranks in the top 7 percent of the nation for nursing excellence. In 2006 the facility received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2010, our medical center nurses were honored with Magnet re-designation which only three percent of hospitals have achieved

Babies who have medical problems with their heart, brain or central nervous system will have doctors who are specially trained to care for them, and nurses who have extra training for those conditions. Nurses from the Cook Children's Heart Center help babies with cardiovascular disease or who have had heart surgeries.

Babies who need care for seizures or who need to recover from a brain injury using therapeutic hypothermia will have a dedicated nurse from our Neurosciences department. This treatment is a process used to limit organ damage caused by a lack of blood flow during the baby's birth. The baby is placed on a temperature controlled blanket to cool his/her body temperature to 33 to 34 C (this is three to four degrees cooler than normal temperature).

The Cook Children's NICU also provides specialized care for babies with hyperinsulinism, which is a group of genetic disorders that cause hypoglycemia. We are the only medical center in Tarrant County to provide extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment for babies who need to let their heart and lungs recover while they are being treated for a disease or from surgery. If necessary, we have the ability to perform emergency surgery without ever leaving the NICU.

Finally, when it comes to health care, kids are all we treat. At Cook Children's, we do it all for kids.

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