Intensive Care for Premature Babies

When a baby arrives earlier than expected, it may create emotional stress for a family. Parents are concerned about their baby's health and development and may worry about caring for their baby at home. At Piedmont, premature infants are placed in specially designed isolettes for warmth and safety. This carefully regulated environment helps ensure that the baby will thrive.

Unfortunately, this isolation also causes parents to be separated from their baby at a time when they most want to touch and hold him/her. Piedmont addresses this need by allowing parents and premature babies to experience physical closeness. During special sessions, the infant's dressed only in a diaper - rests against the parent's chest, skin-to-skin. This physical contact gives the baby positive stimulation and promotes bonding between parent and baby. Mothers can also use these sessions to encourage their babies to breast-feed.

Level III NICU Service Provider

Piedmont Athens' Level III designation means we have the capability to provide comprehensive care for infants that range from extremely low birth weight to full term requiring specialized interventions. The unit also provides advanced respiratory support, advanced imaging and access to pediatric medical subspecialists such as pediatric cardiologists and pediatric neurologists. Piedmont Athens' helistop also allows for transfers from other area hospitals with babies in need of advanced medical care.