Neonatal care

Neonatal Care

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provides comprehensive neonatal care for critically ill newborns and premature infants. Our staff of board-certified neonatologists offer a variety of services to referring physicians including outreach, consultation, transport and inpatient intensive care. We are available to help you at any time.

Neonatal care

Among the top hospitals in the country for neonatology

U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals Diabetes symbolYale-New Haven Children's Hospital has been ranked among the best in the nation in six pediatric subspecialties, including neonatology (#46). The results appeared in the 2015-16 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals," published online by U.S.News & World Report.  

Neonatal Care Team

In addition to board-certified attending neonatologists, the newborn care team consists of fellows, residents, physician assistants, staff nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, ECMO specialists, clinical staff, charge nurses, respiratory care practitioners, social workers, dietitians, case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and lactation specialists in the unit to provide round-the-clock care.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides in-patient intensive care, consultative support and neonatal transport services for critically ill newborn infants in Connecticut and beyond. Yale-New Haven opened this special unit - the world's first - in 1960. Today, the 54-bed unit is the largest unit in Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and admits nearly 1,000 premature and critically ill newborns each year.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is Connecticut's leaders in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a special procedure that is used for life-threatening heart and/or lung problems.

Learn more about ECMO.

Learn about the NICU's GRAD Program for follow-up care of infants at risk of medical or developmental difficulties resulting from newborn conditions.


The NICU also accepts transfers of newborn babies who require its special services from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York hospitals. The neonatal transport service arranges for transfer of these critically ill newborns from referring hospitals via specially staffed and equipped vehicles. The transport team works closely with the referring physician to assure that the infant is stabilized and able to be moved.

Physicians who need to make a patient transfer should call our Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access line, (888) 964-4233. 

Bridgeport Campus

At the Bridgeport Hospital Campus, our 20-bed, level 3 Newborn Intensive Care Unit cares for premature, low-birth weight, or critically ill newborns. The NICU team cares for approximately 450 babies each year, including twins, triplets and quadruplets. Parents have the opportunity to stay overnight in the unit to see firsthand the round-the-clock care their baby needs so they know what to expect once they're home.

The NICU has a parent resource room donated by Tiny Miracles that includes a kitchenette, bathroom, lockers and a computer with Internet access.

A developmental follow-up program is available for patients and their families upon discharge from the unit.

Wall of Hope

Wall of Hope

Visit our Wall of Hope, an album of children who spent the first weeks of their lives in the NICU and are now doing many great things.