Why is my baby being transported?
Not all hospitals provide the same services. To get needed
medical attention, your baby may need to move to a hospital
that is able to provide a higher level of care.
Where is my baby going?
Your healthcare team will explain the plan for
your baby. They will tell you:
• Why your baby needs to be transported
• The name of new hospital and
physician, along with directions and
• When the transport will happen and how long it
will take (though the times may change based
on traffic or other factors)
• How the baby will be transported (for example,
by ambulance, helicopter, or airplane)
What do I need to do?
You will need to give your permission (sign a
consent form) before the baby is transported.
The healthcare team will provide the paperwork
and answer your questions.
You will be able to see your baby before transportation.
Who transports the baby?
Babies are transported by specially trained medical
teams. There will be at least two healthcare providers
to care for your baby during the trip.
Will my baby receive medical care during transport?
The transport team will arrive with a “NICU on wheels”. During
transport, the team can do many things that can be done in
the new hospital’s NICU. The goal is to immediately provide
this higher level of care to the baby
Can I go with my baby?
Every situation is different. However, in most cases, only the
baby goes with the transport team. Mothers, fathers, and other
family members usually need to make their own way to the new
hospital. A mother may need to wait until she is discharged
from the hospital where the baby was born.
Being separated from your baby can be hard. Talk to the
healthcare team about your concerns. It’s okay to ask questions
until you understand what is happening with your baby
Heart/lung monitor – equipment that
measures heart rate, breathing rate,
and oxygen levels in the blood. Also
called a cardiorespiratory monitor
Isolette – special environment
used to protect babies in the NICU
or during transport
IV pump – delivers medicines or
fluids into a patient’s artery or vein
NICU – neonatal intensive care unit,
a part of the hospital that cares for
babies with medical
Oxygen saturation – amount of
oxygen levels in the blood
Ventilator – a machine that helps
the baby breathe by moving air in
and out of the lungs