Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

doctor holding foot of newborn in ICU

If your baby comes into the world facing any kind of medical or surgical challenge, our highly skilled teams of Nemours neonatologists (newborn medicine specialists) can give you immediate care right when you need it. Our Neonatology specialists provide compassionate expert care in technologically advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).

 
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Common Conditions Treated by Our Neonatologists

Fortunately, most newborn problems are temporary and correctable with time and treatment — and our entire Nemours NICU teams are here to support you and your baby from the start.

Our NICUs are well-prepared and experienced in providing the necessary intensive care for babies with conditions such as:

  • necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC): inflammation and cell damage in the colon (large bowel) that mostly affects premature babies
  • omphalocele: a birth defect in which some of the abdominal organs protrude through the abdominal muscles in a sac outside the body
  • gastroschisis: a defect in which a baby’s stomach and intestines protrude through an opening at the side of the belly button
  • myelomeningocele: better known as spina bifida, a condition in which the spine doesn’t fully close during fetal development
  • intestinal atresias: when a portion of the intestine fails to form or
    is too narrow
  • urogenital disorders: any birth defect affecting either the urinary tract or the genitals
  • apnea: brief pauses in breathing that tend to occur in premature infants due to immaturity of the brain’s respiratory center
  • respiratory problems related to prematurity
  • airway abnormalities
  • seizure disorders: due to dysfunction in the brain’s electrical activity
  • metabolic disorders: problems involving the complex collection of chemical reactions that take place in the body's cells to convert nutrition into energy

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Partnering With You to Offer Top-Quality Neonatology Care

Of course, we do more than just provide care for your baby — we make sure that you and your family are well taken care of, too. We’ll keep you fully informed — explaining your little one’s diagnosis and treatment in understandable terms, discussing any treatment options you might have, and inviting your family’s input for creating the treatment plan most appropriate for your baby.

We fully recognize that you, the family, play an important role in the care and healing process of your baby. We want you to be an active participant in the decision-making process. Our doctors and nurses will work hard to build a strong partnership with you for your baby’s care. And we’ll keep your primary care pediatrician fully up-to-date.


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals: Neonatology

To ask a question about our Neonatology care, please call us at (302) 651-4000. We promise to do whatever it takes to treat your baby as we would our own.

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Support Services
  • CaringBridge: visit this free site offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: a safe, free, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized

At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we offer comprehensive, compassionate, around-the-clock newborn care in our technologically advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Here for you and your little one right from the very start, our NICU environment truly recognizes the important role you play in the care and healing process of your baby.

 
Our Newborn Medicine Team

When your newborn comes to duPont Hospital for Children, you can rest assured that you’re getting high-quality care (24 hours a day, seven days a week) from a whole team of newborn medicine experts, including:

  • neonatologists who are specifically trained and board-certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatology
  • neonatal nurse practitioners
  • specialty fellows
  • registered nurses
  • other pediatric subspecialists

Together, we care for newborns with a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions.

 
Help Even Before Your Baby Is Born

Through the Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management program, we also work with expectant parents and their doctors to help diagnose congenital conditions and develop a plan of care for after your baby is born. That way, if you know your baby might need care from our neonatologists or other specialists after birth, you’ll be prepared ahead of time.


What to Expect at Our NICU

Our NICU is a Level III referral center. That means we care for infants who are 30 days old or younger who require surgery or services from our expert subspecialists.

We provide services to ventilator-dependent infants, including a comprehensive teaching program for parents about tracheostomy (a plastic tube inserted directly into the trachea) and ventilators (machines that help babies breathe).

 
Types of Support Services
All types of support services also are readily available, including:
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO, for short) — a technique in intensive care medicine used to give babies external cardiac and respiratory support oxygen
  • respiratory therapy
  • pharmacy
  • physical therapy
  • radiology
  • laboratory services 
  • feeding therapy
  • hearing assessments
  • EEG (brain activity monitoring)
  • EKG (heart monitoring)
  • social work 
 
Transport to Our NICU

If your newborn needs to be transported from other hospitals to our NICU, our specialized Nemours Critical Care Transport team provides children throughout the region with safe, urgent transfer. And we use our own ambulances and helicopters that are specially prepared for pediatric patients in need of intensive care.

 
Family-Centered Amenities in Our NICU

Completely redesigned in 2008, our NICU is a model of family-centered care. You can remain with your baby in privacy and comfort in one of our 14 single-patient rooms (the number of infant beds can be expanded to 18, if needed). Amenities include a sleeper sofa, recliner, telephone, data port, and flat-screen TV. Sound-absorbent flooring and soft lighting also help to provide a calm, restful environment for you and your baby.

 
A Hospital Where’ll You’ll Feel Right at Home

Along with expert Neonatology care, one of the things parents appreciate most is our location at duPont Hospital for Children — with our beautiful, park-like setting of huge oaks and inviting green lawns. You’ll also find:

  • free valet parking
  • playground and kid-friendly waiting areas for siblings
  • little red wagons (available for escorting your young children)
  • gift shop
  • café and cafeteria
  • on-site pharmacy
  • non-denominational chapel

No matter how long your baby's stay, please know that we’ll help make your family's experience as easy and stress-free as possible.