Neonatal Intensive Care

While many newborns are at home with their parents in a day or so, some babies need a higher level of care. Maury Regional Medical Center is proud to offer a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which provides specialized care for newborns with a wide variety of health conditions such as prematurity, respiratory problems, and infections. Caring for these babies in a Level II NICU requires many clinical specialties. Our team includes:

  • Board certified neonatologists*
  • Board certified neonatal nurse practitioners*
  • Neonatal registered nurses certified by the American Heart Association’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Many also hold an additional Neonatal Intensive Care Certification.
  • Respiratory therapists
  • International board certified lactation consultants
  • Speech/physical/occupational therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Social workers to assist families with discharge planning and community services as needed

*Neonatology physicians and neonatal nurse practitioners are provided by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Visiting in the NICU

Spending time with your baby in the NICU is an important of your baby’s care. We understand the need for you to remain close to your baby during their stay in the NICU. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment and to assist you in learning to care for your new baby. 


For more about visitation and other family-related information, see the NICU Family Guide.

Breastfeeding in the NICU

Maury Regional Health support breastfeeding because of the many proven health benefits for both mom and baby. We offer a variety of ways to help mothers provide breast milk to their infants while in the NICU when putting the baby to the breast may not be possible. These services include:

  • A dedicated staff of international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) with advanced training to assist mothers in the NICU
  • Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed or pump at the baby’s bedside
  • Skin-to-skin care is encouraged as soon as the baby is medically stable
  • Pump rentals are available for mothers who need them

Maury Regional Medical Center also partners with Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee to offer pasteurized human donor milk that can be used on an inpatient basis in the NICU and/or as an option for new mothers who are unable to breastfeed during their hospital stay. Donor milk is donated voluntarily by breastfeeding women who have a surplus of milk and who meet strict standards following a thorough screening process. The decision of whether to use donor milk should be made in consultation with your baby’s health care provider. For more information about donor milk, consult with your child’s doctor, contact our Lactation Services Department at 931.490.7074 or visit