Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Contact the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • 617-355-8076

The Boston Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 24-bed tertiary referral center for critically ill infants requiring complex medical and surgical care. It's where highly specialized physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff collaborate in the care of critically ill infants and their families.  

We provide technologically advanced therapies and family-centered care for infants from all over the country and around the world. The NICU works closely with the Advanced Fetal Care Center to coordinate both prenatal consultation and postnatal intensive care for infants with a wide range of prenatally diagnosed conditions. Neonatology attendings, fellows, pediatric surgical residents and either neonatal nurse practitioners or pediatrician hospitalists are available on the unit 24 hours a day.

Newborns admitted to the NICU frequently originate from community hospital Special Care Nurseries and Neonatal Intensive Care Units within the Boston Children's Network: Beverly Hospital, South Shore Hospital and Winchester Hospital. These institutions maintain perinatal affiliation agreements with Boston Children's. These affiliation agreements facilitate neonatologist staffing, subspecialty referrals and quality improvement efforts within the network institutions, improving the health care outcomes of over 18,000 newborns per year. 

Neonatal referrals

A significant number of admissions to the NICU are neonatal referrals from other Level III institutions in the Commonwealth, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston Medical Center. All three institutions are academic affiliates of the Division of Newborn Medicine and two are sites for Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship training. Newborns referred from these Level III units, as well as from hospitals throughout New England, the U.S. and international sites require advanced medical or surgical therapies not available in their birth institution.

Life-saving treatments for newborns

Boston Children's is the first and only hospital in Massachusetts to offer induced hypothermia protocol to prevent secondary brain damage in newborns. This protocol may prevent or minimize the long-term consequences of brain injury due to loss of oxygen at birth, such as cerebral palsy, cognitive and visual impairments.

Quality and safety at Boston Children's

At Boston Children's, we believe that patients and families deserve to know whether the hospital where they have chosen to receive their care meets the highest standards and is committed to excellence. Through our program for Patient Safety and Quality, we continually monitor and improve the care we provide to our patients. Since the diseases and chronic conditions that affect children and adolescents are quite different from those of adults, it is often not appropriate to use adult measures to evaluate the quality of pediatric care. That’s why we have taken a leadership role in developing scientifically sound methods to measure the quality of care provided to all children and adolescents.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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