Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Idaho Falls, Idaho

EIRMC’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the region’s most specialized care for the smallest patients, from premature infants to sick “term” newborns. As a Level III NICU in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we are equipped to care for babies born as early as 23 weeks gestation.

If pre-labor complications are expected, please call (208) 227-2777 to find perinatologists and neonatologists for early consultation.

Highlights

  • Board Certified Neonatologists: They provide 24/7 care, and collaborate with EIRMC’s experienced perinatologists, OB/GYN’s, and pediatricians on high-risk cases. They also provide consultation on high-risk pregnancies, are at bedside for high-risk deliveries, and monitor babies’ progress after birth.
  • Pediatric Subspecialty Care: Support from physician specialists, including perinatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric urology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric neurology, pediatric ophthalmology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
  • Pediatric Surgery: Dedicated pediatric surgeon and dedicated pediatric anesthesiologist, based at EIRMC, and serving southeast Idaho, western Wyoming, and southern Montana.
  • Nurses. Staffed by over 50 RN’s, all trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS); Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP); and Sugar & Safe Care, Temperature, Airway, Blood Pressure, Lab Work, Emotional Support (STABLE).
  • Interdisciplinary Teams: Specialty care in the NICU is provided by Board-certified lactation consultants; respiratory therapists; occupational, physical, and speech therapists; registered dieticians; lab technicians; and licensed social workers.
  • Specialized Air Transport Team: Specially-trained RN’s and respiratory therapists quickly and safely bring patients to EIRMC via fixed wing airplane, helicopter, or ambulance.
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room: A comfortable and caring place for families to relax, eat, nap, and even sleep overnight. It’s free of charge, located within the facility, and dedicated to caring for families of pediatric patients.

Specialized neonatal care in Idaho Falls

Our neonatal team’s specialized expertise, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, provides the region's highest level of neonatal intensive care.

Maternal-fetal care

  • Preterm labor
  • Preterm rupture of membranes
  • Severe pregnancy-induced hypertension or other hypertensive complications
  • Antepartum hemorrhage
  • Multiple gestation
  • Malpresentation
  • Medical complications of pregnancy (diabetes, hepatitis, etc.)
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Fetal abnormalities
  • Inadequate progress in labor

Newborn care

  • All gestational ages from 23 weeks and up
  • Low birth weight
  • Severe infection
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Persistent respiratory distress
  • Minor congenital malformations requiring special diagnostic procedures or treatments
  • Sequelae of hypoxic ischemic events with persistent evidence of multisystem organ dysfunction
  • Treatment for critically-ill term babies who require oscillator ventilation and nitric oxide for pulmonary hypertension

Visiting the NICU

Parents are encouraged to visit the NICU as much possible, as this promotes a healthier baby. Multidisciplinary rounds are led weekdays at 10:00am to discuss each baby’s care. 

We request that no more than two visitors be at baby’s bedside in the NICU at a time. Visitors under 18 years old are not permitted in the NICU for the safety and health of the babies. Also, we ask that anyone experiencing symptoms of illness does not visit the NICU.

The NICU remains a locked unit to protect your baby’s safety. Please use the telephone by the door to enter into the unit.