The Newborn Special Care Unit serves as the Regional Neonatal Center for Southern Connecticut. Every year, about five thousand infants are born at Yale-New Haven Hospital and over 800 newborns are admitted to the Newborn Special Care Unit.
Infants are also transported from other hospitals throughout our region for specialized services such as surgery, cardiology, inhaled nitric oxide and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). The average daily census is 46, making this the largest clinical unit in the Children's Hospital. We care for newborn babies with a variety of problems including:
- Respiratory disorders
- Genetic and metabolic diseases
- Congenital malformations including lung malformations requiring ECMO
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Problems of nutrition and growth
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Neonatal infections
- Anemia, jaundice and other blood disorders
- Neurologic problems
Developmental follow-up evaluation, in collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center, is available to all infants from the Newborn Special Care Unit who weighed 1250 g or less at birth. Other infants are referred on an elective basis.