The clinical activities of the faculty and staff of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine are located in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The NICU serves as the Regional Neonatal Center for Southern Connecticut, with referrals from neighboring states as well. Every year, about 6,000 births occur at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and more than 850 newborns are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Infants are transported from other hospitals throughout our region for specialized services such as surgery, advanced cardiac diagnosis and treatment, inhaled nitric oxide and ECMO. The NICU has a capacity of 55 patients, making it the largest clinical unit in the Children's Hospital, and the largest NICU in the state.
We care for newborn babies with a variety of problems including:
- Respiratory disorders
- Genetic and metabolic diseases
- Congenital malformations including lung malformations requiring ECMO
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Problems of nutrition and growth
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Neonatal infections
- Anemia, jaundice and other blood disorders
- Neurologic problems