Division of Newborn Medicine Overview

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Having a baby is a thrilling and exciting time, but when your baby needs special care, you want to be in the best hands. At Boston Children's Hospital's Division of Newborn Medicine, you are. We specialize in treating babies with a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. 

In particular, we care for extremely premature infants as early as 23 weeks gestation and full-term infants with a variety of medical and surgical illnesses. We care for newborns in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), our Infant Follow–Up Program (IFUP), and our affiliated Community Hospital Special Care Units.

Download our Fact Sheet for key highlights. 

Our expertise

At Boston Children's, your baby will be seen by a specially trained team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health professionals who routinely diagnose and treat newborns with critical illnesses. Our team provides supportive, family–centered care in a technologically advanced environment. We track your baby's progress beginning with our prenatal consultation program, which counsels families expecting newborns with congenital conditions. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for at-risk newborns, and our Infant Follow-Up Program tracks your baby's development after she's left Boston Children's. Please review our NICU and IFUP pages for additional information on these clinical programs.

International referral center

Boston Children's NICU cares for approximately 600 newborns annually and serves as a local, regional, and international referral center for pre- and postnatal consultation, neonatal intensive care, and infant follow–up care.

Top rankings

Boston Children's Hospital is ranked the #1 children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report 2014-2015. Boston Children's Hospital also ranked #1 in 8 out of 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report. [learn more]


At Boston Children's Hospital, we aim to solve some of the world’s greatest pediatric health problems. Some ways we do this stem from scientific research: Understanding diseases deeply—even at the cellular or molecular level—leads to new drugs and therapies. Other discoveries arise from moments spent at patients’ bedsides, when doctors and nurses see opportunities to improve care. This approach, which we call “clinical innovation,” often requires us to develop entirely new tools or come up with inventive strategies. This creative form of innovation is the path by which many major improvements in health care have been made. The leading edge innovation characteristic of the Division of Newborn Medicine is made possible by the work of the Harvard Program in Neonatology.

Harvard Program in Neonatology

The Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital is the academic and administrative center of the Harvard Program in Neonatology, a world-class research and training program for today's and tomorrow's academic Neonatologists and research scientists.  Operating in two Harvard Longwood Medical Area hospitals, Boston Children's and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and also in close collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Program is overseen and directed by the Chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine who serves as the Chair of the Academic Program.  Please review our Harvard Program in Neonatology pages for an overview of the Program, and for comprehensive information on its three central components:  the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program, Research and Innovation, and the Summer Student Research Program.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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