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  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) provide care for babies who need special treatment for critical illnesses in the first few weeks and months of life.
  • Special Care Nurseries (SCNs) look after premature babies, babies who have a low birth weight or need care for neonatal health issues.
  • Your baby’s healthcare team will be made up of different specialists with a lot of experience in looking after babies who need special care.
  • Parents are an important part of the healthcare team.
  • Breastfeeding is encouraged, but you may need to express milk or add formula feeds.
  • Community care services are available when your baby leaves the hospital. 

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Reviewed on: 19-06-2023