When your newborn needs extra care, you can count on Tower Health’s experienced NICU team. We offer timely, expert care for newborns right here — the most advanced newborn care in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Your family has access to a wide range of pediatric specialists and leading-edge technology and treatments.
We also care for infants who aren’t critically ill in our well-baby nurseries. You can be confident your newborn is safe and receiving care from compassionate, trained experts.
Level IV NICU Care at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Our Level IV NICU provides care for the region’s most critically ill newborns. We provide advanced treatments, such as lifesaving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), comprehensive neurology care, and advanced surgeries.
Our skilled NICU experts consult with specialists across Tower Health hospitals, ensuring our youngest patients benefit from the wealth of expertise and advanced services available here. If your newborn needs complex care, we provide safe transport. Your baby receives care within a system you know and trust.
Level III NICU Care at Reading Hospital
Our 30-bed Level III NICU offers the most advanced newborn care in Berks County. We care for critically ill infants with conditions such as:
- Brain injuries
- Congenital anomalies
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Heart and lung disease
Our trained NICU specialists use the latest equipment and approaches to monitor your baby’s health and provide care in a supportive, family-friendly environment. Our private bays allow you to visit with your baby and take part in their care. We keep you well-informed and offer support every step of the way.
We provide advanced care, including:
- 24/7 neonatologist coverage. Neonatologists — doctors who specialize in newborns — are always here, ready to provide care. They work closely with NICU nurses to keep your baby safe.
- Advanced care for breathing problems. We offer sophisticated therapies to support your baby’s breathing and lung function, including CPAP therapy, nitric oxide, and high-frequency ventilation.
- Neonatal body cooling (newborn therapeutic hypothermia). This advanced approach treats a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen or blood to a newborn’s brain. It lowers their body temperature safely to prevent further damage to the brain.
- Rehabilitation. Our physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists evaluate and care for newborns who need extra attention for feeding, swallowing, movement, mental processing, and other areas. Our massage therapists provide gentle massage to soothe and calm newborns.
- Breastfeeding support. If you want to breastfeed, our international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) can help. We help you get started and create a breastfeeding plan that works for you.
- Developmental testing. Our rehab therapists test premature infants to see how they’re developing compared to their peers.
- Follow-up care. After your baby leaves the NICU, we see them for checkups every three or four months for the first two years. This lets our neonatologists, nurses, therapists, and nutritionists keep an eye on their mental and physical development. We keep your pediatrician well-informed.
- Supplemental and supportive services. We make sure you and your baby are well-supported. Our Kangaroo Care program encourages parents to hold their babies. If you can’t be there in person, our Cuddler program provides trained hospital volunteers to hold and comfort your baby. Parents can get additional support by attending a NICU support.
Level II Special Care Nursery at Phoenixville Hospital
Our Level II nursery offers a little extra help for premature newborns with health problems that don’t need advanced care. We also provide care for infants after they leave the NICU and babies who need breathing equipment for a short period (less than 24 hours). We encourage you to visit and hold your baby while they’re here — we make sure you’re involved in their care.
Neonatologists, pediatricians, neonatal nurse practitioners, and nurses offer expert care 24/7. Depending on your child’s needs, their care team may include providers who specialize in vision, hearing, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation, and other pediatric specialties.
- Hearing and vision tests
- Breathing therapies, such as CPAP therapy
- Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies
- Breastfeeding support from international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs)
- Consultations with Tower Health pediatric specialists (if needed)
Our Approach to Care
Our neonatologists, NICU nurses, therapists, and other trained staff provide round-the-clock care to infants who need extra attention. We know it isn’t easy when you can’t take your baby home right away, so we do everything we can to support your family and put you at ease.
We encourage you to hold and talk to your baby — it’s healthy for both of you. We make sure you take part in your baby’s care, and you’re well-informed every step of the way. If you want to breastfeed, our lactation consultants help you get started. You can count on a family-friendly environment and a trained, compassionate team that’s here to support you.
Parents may visit their newborns at any time. In some instances, we may change visiting guidelines to ensure the health of our youngest patients.
|Family members and friends age 12 and older may visit between 1 and 8 p.m. daily.|
|We recommend parents plan at least an hour for each visit to participate in their baby’s care routine. Please pre-arrange visits by grandparents, siblings, and other relatives with your baby's nurse.|
|St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children|
|To protect our most fragile patients’ health, we permit only parents at the infant’s bedside.|