Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Sometimes, babies are born too soon, or have unexpected health challenges and require close monitoring after birth. If this happens to your baby, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit provides a high level of support for premature or sick infants.

Our team of specially trained doctors, nurses and therapists treat babies in the NICU, attend high-risk deliveries, and, if needed, provide care immediately after birth. After your baby leaves the NICU, your pediatrician will handle his/her care.

If a child born at another facility needs intensive care, our NICU transport team is available to transport infants from their birth hospital to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in less than 30 minutes. Babies born at Henry Ford Allegiance Health will be taken to the nearest local hospital with a NICU, if needed.

Special care nursery

Your baby may arrive prematurely and require close monitoring after birth. At Henry Ford, our special care nursery team has the expertise to manage these babies’ needs:

  • 24/7 staffing by neonatologists (specialists in caring for ill or premature newborn infants)
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Advanced monitoring technology
  • Breastfeeding support to help you establish a milk supply and pump milk for your baby

Henry Ford Birthing Centers

We offer home-like birthing centers personalized to you.

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Childbirth Classes

Our classes are designed to prepare you for your new family addition.

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For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
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  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
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    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

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