High-Risk Pregnancies, Neonatal Care (NICU)
High Risk Pregnancies and Deliveries
9,385 babies have been born at Parker Adventist Hospital since it opened in 2004. While 90 percent of these deliveries happened without complications, 10 percent were considered high risk. Sometimes, you know if your pregnancy is high risk, but at other times, unexpected emergencies can arise.
Either way, Moms who choose Parker Hospital's BirthPlace can rest assured that they have access to experienced perinatal and neonatal specialists backed by a specially-trained support staff and the latest technology. At Parker Hospital, around-the-clock perinatal and neonatal care is provided by experts from The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. The perinatal team is headed by Henry Galan, M.D., chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the university and available on-site at Parker Hospital. The neonatal team is headed by Danielle Smith, MD, a neonatologist and faculty member at The Children's Hospital and also medical director of the Parker Hospital Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
This level of expertise means that fewer than one percent of the babies born at Parker Hospital require a transfer to a higher level nursery, allowing 99 percent of Moms and babies to remain together at Parker Hospital no matter what their needs.
Learn about our Perinatal Center
Parker's Level lll NICU is designed with special equipment to care for premature, low-birth-weight or seriously ill newborn babies. It is staffed with specially trained medical personnel who specialize in caring for high-risk infants.
Parker Adventist's NICU offers a level of advanced treatment capability that is rare for a hospital of its size with medical professionals who take pride in the advanced, high-quality care they provide.
- Every BirthPlace nursing shift includes at least one NICU nurse - someone certified at the highest level of neonatal care.
- Availability of a neonatal nurse practitioner from The Children's Hospital, around the clock, seven days a week.
- Presence of trained pediatric hospitalists (pediatricians who work only in a hospital) and pediatric emergency physicians from The Children's Hospital so newborn babies at Parker benefit from ready access to some of the finest pediatric care available in the state.
- State-of-the-art equipment. One of the most advanced and most baby friendly features is the giraffe bed, of which our NICU has three. Research shows that the Giraffe beds can reduce an infant's hospital stay by three days.