Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) provide the best start in life for babies who are born too early or have medical problems. Our skilled teams of newborn medicine specialists (neonatologists) provide 24/7 care in high-tech facilities. Every year, our NICU care helps hundreds of babies grow strong enough to go home to their families.
Expert Intensive Care for Newborns
Conditions We Treat
We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.
- airway abnormalities (problems that mean babies can’t breathe properly)
- congenital diaphragmatic hernia (a hole in the diaphragm, the large muscle that separates the chest and belly and helps the lungs breathe in and out)
- gastroschisis (when a baby’s stomach and intestines stick out through an opening at the side of the belly button)
- intestinal atresias (when a part of the intestine doesn’t form properly or is too narrow)
- meconium aspiration (when a newborn breathes in meconium — a baby's first feces, or poop — before, during or after labor and delivery)
- metabolic disorders (problems with the body's cells converting food into energy)
- myelomeningocele (better known as spina bifida, when the spine doesn’t fully close as a baby develops in the womb)
- necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) (inflammation and cell damage in the colon, or large intestine, that mostly affects premature babies)
- omphalocele (when some of the organs in a baby’s belly are in a sac outside the body)
- pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels that go to a newborn’s lungs)
- respiratory problems related to prematurity (when a baby’s lungs and airways don’t develop enough to breathe on their own)
- seizure disorders (seizures due to errors in the brain’s electrical activity)
- urogenital disorders (birth defects that affect the urinary tract or genitals)
Services We Offer
We offer comprehensive neonatology (newborn care) services. These may vary depending on a baby’s condition and location:
- round-the-clock intensive care for very sick newborns and babies needing ventilators (machines to help them breathe)
- extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to support a baby’s heart function and breathing
- specialized critical care transport teams and equipment to bring newborns to a Nemours NICU from other hospitals
- respiratory therapy
- physical therapy
- laboratory services
- feeding therapy/nutrition
- hearing assessments
- EEG (brain activity monitoring)
- EKG (heart monitoring)
- social work
- pastoral and spiritual care
- Child Life specialists
Why Choose Us
At Nemours, you can rely on a team of medical experts that extends beyond neonatal care. Our NICU teams work with world-renowned Nemours pediatric specialists to be sure newborns with complex problems get the best care.
Medical expertise is just part of the overall care babies get in a Nemours NICU. We invest in equipment designed especially for the tiniest infants. Our NICU teams know how to make a newborn’s stay as comforting as possible.
We make sure you and your family are well taken care of too. We keep you involved every step of the way. Your care team will explain your little one’s diagnosis and treatment, discuss all the options, and invite you to help create the best treatment plan for your baby.
Regional Neonatology (NICU) Highlights
Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer comprehensive neonatology care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and hospitals we work with in your communities.
- the only Level IV NICU in the state of Delaware, providing the highest level of care for the most premature newborns, including surgical repair of complex conditions
- the state's only neonatal ECMO center (ECMO supports a baby’s heart function and breathing)
- the region’s only hospital with an ECMO transport program
- specialized Nemours critical care transport teams for safe, urgent helicopter and ambulance transfer from other hospitals
- complete ventilator care, including teaching programs to help parents learn how to take care of breathing tubes and use ventilators
- neonatologists who are board certified in both pediatrics and neonatology, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a dedicated NICU social worker and other pediatric subspecialists
- family-friendly rooms (most are private) so you can stay with your baby in comfort
- care before birth if you know your baby will be born with a health problem, with Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management (NPPM) to help you plan for your baby’s arrival and ensure that treatment can begin as soon as your little one is born
- consultations by Nemours specialists and around-the-clock care by our neonatologists in the NICUs of hospitals we work with in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey (consultations are when other hospitals’ doctors ask our doctors to provide their expertise when seeing your child)
We offer comprehensive neonatology care at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and hospitals we work with in your communities.
- Level II and IIIc referral center NICU to care for newborns and infants born up to 2 months early who need surgery or expert medical services
- board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses specializing in critical care, pediatric and subspecialty surgeons and other pediatric subspecialists
- specialized Nemours critical care transport team for safe, urgent helicopter and ambulance transfers from other hospitals in the region
- advanced baby safety and monitoring, with special security bands and a computer monitoring system
- private NICU patient rooms, with spacious family living spaces so you can stay with your baby
- care before birth if you know your baby will be born with a health problem, with the Nemours Center for Fetal Care to help you plan for your baby’s arrival and ensure that treatment can begin as soon as your little one is born
- consultations by Nemours pediatric hospitalists (specialists in inpatient pediatric medicine) or direct, around-the-clock care in the newborn nurseries of hospitals we work with in Florida (consultations are when other hospitals’ doctors ask our pediatricians to provide their expertise when seeing your child)