Applying the latest developments and best practices in neonatology, we created a NICU designed to support family-centered care, enhance outcomes and advance research in neonatology. We are one of the first NICUs in the country to offer couplet rooms where mothers and their babies can remain together during their hospitalization. This unique model brings to the NICU the same standard of care provided to healthy newborns by fostering skin-to-skin contact and supporting breastfeeding.

The NICU, located on the 10th and 11th floors of the Children’s Hospital, will provide in-patient intensive care, consultative support and neonatal transport services for critically ill newborns in Connecticut and beyond. The devoted medical team has specialized expertise in the care of critically ill newborns and are leaders in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a special procedure that is used for life-threatening heart and/or lung problems.

Visiting Policy

Parents may visit at any time. For family members, guests and sibling visits, parents should speak to their infant's primary nurse for further details. All visitors must wash their hands before entering the unit.

Key Features

Our specially designed neonatal MRI machine took years to develop and is one of only two in the U.S.; and one of only three in the world. It provides faster and safer imaging to help neonatologists and neurologists better detect and manage brain issues in premature infants. This brand-new technology opens new opportunities for caring for these critically ill newborns with early interventions. It will also help advance important clinical research. 

All of our patient rooms are singles, offering families privacy and a therapeutic environment to promote healing and developmental growth. Family resources include respite rooms, a laundry facility and a milk room. Additional accommodations, both short- and long-term, are available to families directly across the street at the newly opened Ronald McDonald House.

The NICU features a procedure room where a full range of care can be provided, from inserting a central line to performing surgeries to initiate extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The availability of the procedure room will avoid the need to transport critically ill infants off the unit for
these interventions.
With an onsite pharmacy available 24/7, pharmacists will be on hand to address critical situations and rapidly fill urgent medications.

A new technology system will enable data and alarms captured from bedside equipment to transmit instantaneously to the neonatal team’s smartphones, providing the medical team with immediate access to critical information.