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.
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.
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.