The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone, provides the highest level of support for the smallest infants and those with medical conditions that require advanced medical care.
We have the most advanced technology available, including high-frequency mechanical ventilation for babies who have trouble breathing on their own, and selective head cooling therapy for infants who have had a lack of oxygen to their brain. We perform a wide variety of surgeries, including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and craniofacial surgery for infants.
This commitment to infant care has earned us classification as a level IV designated regional perinatal center, which means we meet the highest standards for infant care as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Partnering in Your Baby's Care
We offer prenatal consultations for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and advise them on all aspects of specialized neonatal care. Our doctors educate parents about preterm birth and other potential outcomes of high-risk pregnancies, and provide parents with the time to ask questions and express their concerns.
We believe that our team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and other specialists should partner with your family and work together to meet the medical and emotional needs of your baby. We respond to the wishes of each family with respect, and share information to keep you involved in your baby’s care.
We encourage you to participate in caring for your baby while in the NICU, with special emphasis on kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin contact between parents and their newborns. We believe this can result in improved medical outcomes such as a decreased length of stay, decreased psychological stress for parents and babies, and improved neurodevelopmental outcomes.
Our NICU is a calming, quiet, softly lit environment where parents and staff use developmental techniques to soothe and handle infants. We also have an ongoing quality assessment project to monitor and minimize sound levels in the NICU to provide better developmental care.
When your baby is discharged, you may join the outpatient Neonatal Comprehensive Care Program.