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New parents eagerly look forward to bringing their baby home, so it can be frightening if your newborn needs to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or transferred to the continuing care unit (CCN).

At first it may seem like a foreign place, but understanding the NICU and what goes NICU at Maine Medical Centeron there can help reduce your fears and better help your baby. Maine Medical Center’s NICU and CCN offer the most advanced medical equipment designed for infants and a hospital staff who have special training in newborn care. Rooms are private to allow families the space to remain close and bond with their baby.

Babies may be sent to the NICU if:

  • they're born prematurely
  • difficulties occur during their delivery
  • they show signs of a problem in the first few days of life  

Babies who need to go to the unit are often admitted within the first 24 hours after birth. How long these infants remain in the unit depends on the severity of their illness.

View a virtual tour of the NICU.
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