Newborn Intensive Care (Neonatal Intensive Care)

Newborn babies who are born early or who are ill may need specialized care in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

Infants cared for in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital NICU receive technologically-advanced, specialized care from nationally-recognized neonatologists. Our team is committed to family-centered care, and we do everything we can to support families during your stay and beyond.

Advanced care for newborns

We offer an array of advanced equipment and sophisticated services that allows us to care for infants with complex or unusually severe problems that challenge the resources of other centers. Our specialized services include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), assisted ventilation, therapeutic hypothermia, neonatal surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neonatal neurology and neurosurgery, and all the pediatric medical specialties of a nationally recognized children’s hospital. Learn more about some of the more common medical procedures and equipment used in the NICU.

World-class healing facility

Our 46-bed state-of-the-art unit features all private rooms and is located in a new 12-story dedicated children’s hospital. This healing space was designed to meet the unique needs of our NICU families.  Learn more about our Newborn ICU facility and what to expect during your stay in our Guide to the NICU.

Specialized neonatal team

The NICU maintains a ratio of one nurse to two patients. Infants in the NICU receive expert care from board-certified neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists. Many members of our faculty are respected internationally as authorities on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), neonatal ventilatory support, and other newborn therapies. Learn more about the members of your NICU team.

The top designation available for newborn care - Level IV NICU

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is a Level IV NICU facility. This means we offer the highest degree of care for premature or critically ill newborns. Our NICU is a regional referral center for advanced neonatal therapies, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), high-frequency ventilation and therapeutic hypothermia, or for coordination of complex care requiring multiple types of pediatric specialists only available at a children’s hospital.

Seamlessly integrated childbirth and newborn care services

One of the unique features that distinguishes our hospital from many others is that the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Birth Center is located directly inside our children’s hospital facility, just one floor above the NICU. Learn more about our Birth Center.

Compassionate, supportive care for your family

We understand the emotional impact of having a sick newborn. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be with their babies as much as possible in our NICU. Each member of our team is committed to family- centered care, keeping you involved in decisions about your child’s care every step of the way. Learn more about the support and resources available for your family.

Access to care from near and far

Approximately 25 percent of our patients are transported to the NICU from other hospitals for the advanced therapies available at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Transport of high-risk infants from referring hospitals is coordinated using ground ambulance, helicopter and fixed-wing newborn transport service.

Quality and Research

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to making advances in the diagnosis, treatment and care for premature and critically ill infants. Members of our team routinely participate in and lead cutting edge clinical research to identify opportunities to improve care at newborn intensive care units across the country. 

Our NICU is part of the Vermont Oxford Network, a collaboration of health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborns and their families. Through this collaboration, we work with other member institutions to share best practices for the care of high-risk newborns, and to identify trends in outcomes that help us identify opportunities to improve care both at our facility and others around the world. We are also a satellite site in the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, and participate in other multi-center research studies.

Our participation in these research and quality collaboratives gives C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients access to the latest advances in newborn care.

Health professionals may request patient transfer or consultation by calling our Newborn ICU at 734-763-4111.