Having to visit your baby in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is something no family wants to go through. Yet according to the March of Dimes, one in nine babies is born prematurely every year in the United States. Premature babies have an increased risk for health complications and lifelong disability.

The Birth Center at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is home to a designated Level III-B NICU. This designation means the NICU provides care for the littlest of patients including infants with extreme prematurity (28 weeks into pregnancy or less), extremely low birth weight or those who have severe and/or complex illness.

March of Dimes Appreciation

As part of its campaign to bring awareness to prematurity, March of Dimes held a “Day of Gratitude” event on Monday, November 25 at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s NICU with families of premature babies. During the event, the organization presented the hospital with a plaque to honor the efforts of the medical experts that care for premature babies and their families.

At Shady Grove Adventist, care provided to families begins before birth with prenatal education classes and an opportunity to speak with the area’s only birth advisor to address concerns or questions. If you would like to discuss your upcoming birth experience with the birth advisor or schedule a free tour of the Center or NICU, call 240-826-6643 or visit www.ShadyGroveBaby.com.