The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) provides intensive care, support and neonatal transport services for critically ill newborn infants in Connecticut and beyond. Yale-New Haven opened the world's first NNICU in 1960.
Premature infants and babies are cared for by a team that includes neonatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialists, pediatric pharmacists and other specialists. Medical and surgical physicians with special expertise in the care of critically ill newborns, including pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, neurosurgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons and other experts also participate in infants' care.
Parents may visit at any time. For family member, 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 nurseries.
Family and Patient Support
As a patient- and family-centered care facility, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital welcomes parents as equal members of our team. Parents are encouraged to participate in daily, multidisciplinary rounds. A family support specialist is available upon request.