Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Dr. Seuss said: A person’s a person no matter how small!

At the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital that is a sentiment we believe in fully with so we have a very BIG space for the tiniest people of all.   

The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened in the Fall of 2015 with 37,000 square feet of space made up of 52 single rooms, including twin suites. With sleeping couches in every room, families are able to be with their babies round-the-clock, allowing for more bonding and kangaroo holding. Every detail was carefully considered during the design and construction of this space so that we can provide a true family-centered experience with an emphasis on great patient outcomes. 

As a Level IV NICU, we provide the highest intensity of care for the smallest and most critically-ill babies. Our teams of doctors, nurses and support staff provide 24/7 care for a wide range of problems from premature birth and congenital heart defects to breathing issues and kidney problems. We care for twice the number of babies as most community-hospitals NICUs which means we have the experience needed to help babies survive and thrive. We have a specialized transport team that helps bring babies via air or ground ambulance to the Children’s Hospital for the complex care they need.   

Patient Conditions:

  • Prematurity

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Respiratory distress 

  • Genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders

  • Surgical conditions

For NICU graduates we have a NICU Follow-Up Program that helps coordinate neurodevelopmental screening from birth through age 3 and provides support (including nutrition, speech and language, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) for children who have been in a NICU. 

To schedule an appointment with the Follow-Up Program, please call 410-328-6749.

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