Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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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.

Helpful Resources
  • CaringBridge: Visit this free site, offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: Experience a safe, affordable, 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). Providing the highest level of care for critically ill newborns, we are the only Level IV NICU in the state of Delaware.

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 Neonatology 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
  • dedicated NICU social worker
  • 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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

As Delaware's only Level IV NICU, we provide care for the most critically ill infants, with onsite cardiothoracic surgery and the state's only neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) center.

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:
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 comfort in one of our family-friendly rooms (most of which are private, single-patient rooms). 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. In our NICU waiting room, parents can also use the dining area, bathroom and shower facilities.

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 underground parking
  • playground and kid-friendly waiting areas for siblings
  • little red wagons (available for escorting your young children)
  • gift shop
  • safety store
  • bagel shop and cafeteria
  • on-site pharmacy
  • nondenominational chapel
  • Healing Touch rooftop garden
  • Family Resource Center and Ronald McDonald Family Room (with a kitchenette, computers, fax machine, copier, printers, free Internet access and wireless service, library, shower facilities and quiet sleep rooms)  

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.