Excellence in Newborn Care

A Reputation for Excellence in Newborn Care

Our NICUs have been recognized for excellence in several areas, including:

Respiratory Care

  • The National Institutes of Health has recognized us for excellence in the treatment of respiratory disorders in newborns, especially our extremely low incidence of chronic lung disease.
  • We were among the first centers in the country to offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for infants with severe respiratory failure who cannot be treated successfully with conventional therapies. Today, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is one of only three facilities in the Tri-State area to offer ECMO, an artificial heart and lung system that supports oxygenation of the body until a baby's lungs can function on their own.
  • We have particular expertise in treating newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, using an approach we developed that allows gentle support of the fragile lungs of these babies.
  • We care for newborns delivered through the EXIT procedure. This rare surgical procedure is performed when the baby has a condition that leads to blockage of the infant's airway once he or she is born. Through a cesarean delivery (C-section), we partially deliver the baby, insert an airway tube while the child is still connected to the mother through the umbilical cord, and then deliver the baby.
  • In addition, we manage respiratory complications with ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to help infants maintain adequate levels of oxygen in their bodies.

Heart Care

  • We are widely recognized for our expertise in newborn heart surgery. Many of the procedures we perform are in low-birthweight newborns and in infants under the age of one month.
  • The Congenital Heart Center provides collaborative, multidisciplinary care. Bringing together our pediatric surgical, medical, anesthesiology, perfusion, critical care, and cardiovascular support specialists into an integrated care team helps us give each child the best chance possible for a successful outcome.

Neurologic Care

  • Our physicians apply the latest neurological advances to support infant health, such as electroencephalography (EEG) methods to access brain function and head cooling caps, which lower the baby's head and body temperature to help lessen the risk of a brain disability.

Nutritional Support

  • Our specialists have made major contributions to the field of newborn nutrition.
  • The neonatal nutritionist is an integral member of your baby's healthcare team, providing recommendations to optimize your child's nourishment. Specialized nutrition services for infants and toddlers are provided during your infant's hospitalization in the NICU and later, through our Neonatal Follow-up Programs.
  • Lactation consultants are available to help mothers learn skills to establish and maintain the milk supply and help them overcome obstacles to breastfeeding.
  • Our dietitians counsel parents on how to provide a balanced diet to their children, with special consideration to picky eaters, children with feeding tubes, infants with bone mineralization deficiencies and other children with medical, physical, and behavioral difficulties that influence their food intake.

Neonatal Comfort Care Program

  • When an infant is affected by a life-limiting condition or a terminal illness, we offer a Neonatal Comfort Care Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital which provides all of the care these babies need in an environment that is compassionate, warm, and loving. We understand how very difficult this time is for families and are there to help on every step of the journey.
  • The Neonatal Comfort Care Program is available when there are no medical and surgical treatments available to help your baby recover. Our multidisciplinary team will support you and your family while alleviating your child's suffering and improving the quality of his or her life.

Family Support

  • Child life specialists are accredited professionals who apply their child development expertise to help children understand, cope with, and master their medical experiences. In the NICU, child life specialists are available to help siblings of infants in the unit. They organize activities, such as playing with toys, arts and crafts, video games, and computers, either on the unit or in one of the hospital's Child Life Centers.
  • We encourage parents to practice Kangaroo Care. Also called "skin-to-skin" care, Kangaroo Care helps parents to bond with their baby. Your nurse can help you learn this technique. Skin-to-skin contact help babies gain weight faster, reduces maternal depression, and further develops the parent-baby relationship.
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