St. Boniface Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only 24/7, fully functional NICU in southern Haiti.
Babies who are born sick or prematurely require specialized care to ensure they survive and thrive. St. Boniface Hospital has one of only four NICUs in the entire country. Because of the high-quality, lifesaving care we provide for neonates, women come from every corner of Haiti to deliver at our facility. And each year, we admit nearly 1,000 babies to our NICU for intensive care.
SBH’s NICU is the only facility in southern Haiti with working incubators and infant warmers. These are crucial pieces of equipment that help stabilize infants’ body temperature—and they are standard equipment for any US-based hospital. Without them, newborns are highly susceptible to hypothermia, which can quickly become fatal. Our state-of-the-art NICU also has bili lights for treating newborn jaundice and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to help infants breathe more easily—two common needs for our patients.
The number of infants in our NICU has skyrocketed over the last year. In 2018, we had an average of 79 NICU admissions per month. In 2019, we’re seeing an average of 94 NICU admissions per month—an 18% increase. With fewer and fewer facilities in Haiti with the capacity to provide quality maternal health care, we expect this number to keep climbing.
Despite the dramatic increase in NICU admissions, our neonatal mortality rate has remained extremely low, thanks to our dedication to continuous quality improvement. We regularly examine our practices and making adjustments to make sure we’re providing the best possible care for our youngest patients. Our clinicians also participate in trainings each year to stay abreast of best practices in intensive neonatal care. Thanks to our staff’s hard work and compassionate care, more babies are going home healthy—which is what all babies deserve.