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Parenting in the NICU

Topic Index - High-Risk Newborn

The NICU provides nurturing care for premature or ill babies within a family-supportive environment.

Having a sick newborn isn't anything anyone expects, but when it happens, you want to know your baby will receive the right care. Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the only hospital in the Mid-Hudson Valley with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature, underweight and critically ill infants. To keep you and your baby as comfortable and stress-free as possible, our 15-bed facility is staffed 24/7 with a multidisciplinary team personally attuned to your newborn’s needs.

Care in the NICU

We treat infants of any weight and preterm infants at more than 22 weeks gestation.  We provide subspecialty support in pediatric cardiology, neurology, genetics, gastroenterology, pulmonology, hematology and pediatric endocrinology. The NICU is equipped with several types of respiratory support including high frequency, jet ventilation and inhaled nitrous oxide.

Each year we provide care for approximately 350 infants. Approximately 50 are transferred to our NICU from other hospitals. We are proud to be a member of the Vermont Oxford Network, a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of neonatal care.

Your Baby's Team

As a NICU parent, you can visit your baby 24/7, which can mean late hours. That’s why we set aside special areas for parental needs, including a room for overnight stays, a breast milk pumping room equipped with a computer for researching newborn topics and a consultation area, which doubles as a classroom. Check with your nurse to see if these rooms are available.

Room for Parents

The integrative NICU team includes expert medical and nursing personnel as well as consultants specially trained in infant care. Among them are physicians board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine, nurse practitioners, including an RN and physician assistants with advanced training in neonatal care; lactation consultants and licensed respiratory, speech, occupational and physical therapists.

For high-risk pregnancy patients, the team also works with the in-house VBMC perinatologist (maternal fetal medicine physician).

A case manager trained to help families cope with the hospitalization of an infant can provide you with emotional support and assist with financial arrangements, transportation, insurance, government programs and discharge planning.

Meet the Providers


Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 431-5677
TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220