Neonatal Care Clinical Programs

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 accepts transfers of newborn babies who require its special services from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York hospitals. The neonatal critical care transport team arranges for transfer of these critically ill newborns via specially staffed and equipped vehicles. 

Physicians who need to make a patient transfer should call our Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access line.

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.

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.