Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

We are making a BIG difference in little lives!

The birth of your baby is a wonderful thing, but if something goes wrong it can be hard. Your baby may need to be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

What is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit? 

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas is a designated level 3A Unit. The Arkansas Department of Health granted us this level based on criteria defined in the Arkansas Perinatal Level of care regulations.  With this designation, we are safely providing care to critically ill newborns delivered 12-13 weeks early and sometimes weighing less than 2 pounds.

We can’t imagine the type of stress this can put on a family. So our goal is to provide quality care with a family centered approach. We often provide a place for the family to stay and dietary support for breastfeeding mothers. St. Bernards NICU has now provided quality care to nearly 1,000 babies since we opened our doors in 2012.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit now has a step down unit to allow us to house up to 16 babies. We hope to continue to grow so that all NICU families in our community can stay close to home.

What are reasons that my baby may be admitted to the NICU? 

If your baby is premature and born less than 35 weeks, is having respiratory issues, infection, blood sugar that requires supplemental IV fluid or has been born with some type of birth deformity. 

When and why would my baby be admitted to the NICU?

  • Being born early (premature of less than 35 weeks gestation)
  • Signs or symptoms of an infection
  • Breathing problem
  • Feeding problem
  • Birth defect
  • Blood sugar requiring supplemental IV fluid
  • Any symptom that your baby has that requires close monitoring could mean he or she needs to spend some time in the NICU.

What if I'm delivering at another hospital? 

If your baby requires intensive care, they can be transferred directly to St. Bernards Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

What is the average length of stay?

Our average length of stay is about 14 days, but some babies have stayed with us for 4 months or could only stay a matter of hours.

Who will care for my baby in the NICU?

A multi-disciplinary team will make daily rounds on your newborn. This team will include: 

  • Board Certified Neonatologist – a doctor with special medical training in the care of sick newborns
  • Board Certified Developmental Pediatrician
  • Specially Trained Registered Nurses
  • NICU Respiratory Therapist
  • Patient Care Technicians
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Dieticians
  • IBLCE-Certified (International Board of Lactation Consultant Education) Lactation Nurses
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Social Workers
  • Hospital Chaplains

We have a specially trained staff that will help care for your baby while he/she is in the NICU. All of our NICU staff works together to develop a plan to help care for your newborn. 

When can I visit my baby?

A maximum of two visitors, including parents, are welcome to visit any time. Mom and Dad are always allowed to stay in the unit even during shift change. There will be limited time for visitors, including brothers and sisters, must be 12 years of age or older and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Anyone who has been ill, has a cold or cold-like symptoms, or shows signs of other illnesses will be asked to leave if they exhibit any signs or symptoms of illness.

When preparing for a visit, we ask that you call St. Bernards NICU. You may call from your hospital room by dialing 4932 or from an outside number using (870) 207-4932.

What kind of follow up will my baby need? 

If your baby requires special follow up visits after discharge from NICU the Neonatologist and case managers will arrange the follow up appointments. 

Meet your baby's doctors while in St. Bernards NICU 

Dr. Douglas Seglem

Specialty
Board Certified Neonatologist - American Board of Pediatrics
Board Certified Pediatrician - American Board of Pediatrics

Education
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency
University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, TX

Fellowship
Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Hospital Affiliations
St. Bernards Regional Medical Center
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Consulting/Active Privileges
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center

Dr. Samuel Burns

Specialty
Board Certified Neonatologist – American Board of Pediatrics
Board Certified Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Education
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Residency
Pediatrics. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Fellowship
Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Hospital Affilations
St. Bernards Regional Medical Center
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Consulting/Active Privileges
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center
UAMS

Pictures of St. Bernards NICU and NICU babies