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Saving Precious Little Lives of Children at our NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Fakeeh University Hospital is equipped with the most experienced doctors and advanced technologies to save the lives of our precious little infant patients.


The hospital has 16 NICU bassinets, with four private rooming-in rooms and two spacious isolation rooms, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies including various modes of mechanical ventilation, ranging from non-invasive ventilation to conventional and high-frequency ventilation.

The department is led by Dr. Rima Mounla, an American board-certified Neonatology Consultant and widely experienced neonatology specialized doctors; supported by a wide range of medical, surgical pediatric sub-specialty consultants, and an experienced dedicated staff of nurses.

In the Neonatal High-Risk clinic, the hospital provides RSV prophylaxis (Synagis) as indicated, and monitors the growth and development of the precious NICU grads.


Fakeeh University Hospital accepts babies born as low as 28 weeks gestation of pregnancy and treats neonates from birth till 28 days of age. Making it one of the very few Level III NICU in the region. Every attempt is made to deliver evidence-based care in a manner that fosters optimal growth and development of the infant.

Our comprehensive neonatology services include the management of the following;

  • Prematurity (23 weeks gestation and onwards)
  • Extremely low birth weight
  • Transient Respiratory distress
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Sepsis
  • Congenital pneumonia
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Hypocalcemia (low calcium level)
  • Dyselectrolytemia (like sodium, and potassium level disturbances)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Neonatal seizures
  • Newborns with Polycythemia (High Hb level)
  • Minor congenital anomalies supportive care

Services Offered:

  • Incubator care
  • Warmer care
  • Portable incubator with ventilator
  • Phototherapy or exchange transfusion
  • Surfactant administration
  • Conventional ventilatory support, high frequency, non-invasive (CPAP, NIPPV, High flow)
  • Nitric oxide therapy
  • Double-volume exchange transfusion
  • Invasive blood pressure monitoring, Invasive CVPM monitoring
  • Central lines (Umbilical venous catheter, Umbilical arterial catheter, Umbilical lines, peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), surgical line)
  • Total parental nutrition and IV fluids
  • Managing babies with shock
  • 24x7 radiological investigations like X-ray, brain and abdominal ultrasound, MRI, CT scan, and other radiology services
  • 24x7 Pediatric subspecialties like Pediatric Surgeon, Pediatrics Endocrinology, Pediatric gastroenterologist, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Vitreoretinal surgeon, audiologist, dietician, Pediatric Pulmonologist and on-call Pediatric Cardiologist
  • Minor congenital abnormalities and supportive care


Fakeeh University Hospital’s NICU team’s care plan starts early in the pregnancy, with antenatal consulting for families who may potentially have an infant in the NICU. Doctors counsel pregnant mothers to ensure regular antenatal check-ups, so that post-delivery complications for infants can mitigated at an early stage.

The consulting continues throughout the pregnancy until the baby is born, where the child is provided comprehensive care apt for premature and high-risk babies. We help new parents learn the important aspects of parenthood. Parents are trained in handling the preterm baby and educated in terms of risks, breastfeeding, and more.

We are not just a hospital, but also partners of the family in situations of critical decision-making and taking daily care of their infants.


When the infant no longer needs intensive care, doctors then provide the unique rooming-in facility, available only at a few hospitals in the region. Fakeeh University Hospital’s rooming-in facility enables bonding and faster recovery through skin-to-skin contact of mother and baby. Rooming-in helps the mother and the child to stay together the entire time the baby is in NICU so that they can establish a bond, and start and maintain healthy breastfeeding. For bonding between the baby and the mother, right after birth, an enabling and stable environment is needed. This is provided through the rooming-in facility allowing the babies to learn to breastfeed on their own and ensuring the health of both the mother the child.


Our duty does not end with you leaving our hospital. our care team makes sure that the new family receives all the required training and preparation for the post-discharge care of the infant and the mother. Parents can also avail of follow-ups in the neonatal high-risk clinic.