Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Video story of Herbert twins in NICU
The professionals in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) protect our smallest and most fragile patients. Every year, about 400 infants are treated at the NICU by a team of specialists who excel at caring for low birth-weight babies and babies with serious medical conditions.
The NICU at the Children's Hospital boasts the highest level of neonatal care possible in the state. Babies as young as 24 weeks gestation, weighing only one pound, arrive at the NICU in respiratory distress with underdeveloped lungs. Other babies are brought to us at full-term, but have critical conditions such as hydrocephalus or congenital heart defects.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, advanced monitoring techniques and sophisticated medication, NICU specialists help vulnerable babies grow into healthy children. Our NICU boasts some of the highest survival rates in the state. Survival for infants who weigh between 500 and 1,000 grams is over 80 percent. For infants between 1,000 and 1,500 grams, survival is well over 90 percent, and has been for more than a decade.