The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital.


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The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital provides care for ill and premature infants 24 hours a day. Neonatologists oversee plans of care for the infants and neonatal nurse practitioners and an experienced team of nurses provide around-the-clock medical services and care.

The neonatal nursery cares for 500 babies a year. A Baby Friendly® hospital, Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital promotes breastfeeding, skin-to-skin bonding with infants and in some cases, rooming-in prior to infant discharge in the neonatal nursery.

Only a quarter of the state’s hospitals that provide labor and delivery services also have a neonatal nursery. Most hospitals transfer premature or sick infants to another facility. Centra picks up infants in Danville, Farmville and Halifax by the neonatal ambulance or helicopter and rushes them back to Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital.

The neonatal ambulance is outfitted with specialized equipment for infants. Neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists travel in the ambulance or helicopter to monitor and care for babies on the way to the neonatal nursery at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital.


Centra’s Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery has installed four pods specifically for babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome. Each pod is a quiet, partitioned area within the NICU where a mother and baby can bond, and the baby can be kept calm to avoid over-stimulation. This addition to the NICU was made possible thanks to funding from the Children's Miracle Network. These pods allow moms to be at the bedside with their infants, do skin to skin, breastfeed, and bond privately while providing a quiet, calm atmosphere and nurse supervision.