NewYork-Presbyterian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are among the busiest and most highly regarded units in the country. Located at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women & Newborns, our Level IV NICUs — the highest level of neonatal care available — care for close to 2,000 critically ill infants each year, including low birth weight babies, premature babies, infants with respiratory distress, gastrointestinal disorders, congenital abnormalities, and other conditions that may require surgery.
About Our Program
Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary Care for the Most Fragile Newborns
The 70-bed NICU at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the 60 private, single-family NICU rooms at NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women & Newborns are staffed by expert teams of neonatologists, neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, and other specialists who have unique experience caring for critically ill infants using the latest technology and therapies available to offer critically ill newborns the best chance for survival and quality of life. Pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists are readily available for consultation and treatment.
Our Approach to Care
A Multidisciplinary Team Approach
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our mission is to provide the highest quality care for newborns. In addition to the expert medical team of neonatologists, neonatal nurses, advanced practice providers and subspecialists, there are many supporting specialists who are part of the team providing comprehensive care for all babies, including lactation consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, feeding specialists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, child life specialists and so many more. In addition, family support is available from dedicated social workers, care managers and NICU psychologist.
Families Are Part of Our Team
If your child requires care in the NICU, our staff will offer you the compassion, guidance, and support you need during your child's stay with us. We encourage you to be involved in the care of your infant from the very beginning. Although we are high-tech and able to respond to the most critical medical needs of your child, we never forget that we are caring for your newborn baby. We will help you and your baby to breastfeed (if you choose to do so) and to grow and thrive in a developmentally appropriate way. We recognize that you are the most important member of your baby's care team, and we welcome your presence and input while your child is with us in the NICU. Our March of Dimes Family Support Program Coordinators can connect you with resources that might be helpful during your family’s NICU journey. We also partner closely with former NICU parents from the Family Advisory Council to ensure that we are providing the best family-centered care. Parent orientation, support groups and peer mentor programs are also available.
Our NICUs have been recognized for excellence in several areas, including:
Gentle Respiratory Care
The National Institutes of Health has recognized NewYork-Presbyterian for excellence in the treatment of respiratory disorders in newborns, highlighting our extremely low incidence of chronic lung disease.
Advanced Neonatal Cardio-Respiratory Support
NewYork-Presbyterian was 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 is one of a few 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 the largest ECMO program in the tri-state area, and have among the best survival rates nationally and internationally, for which we are one of only a few worldwide centers to be awarded Platinum Level Center of Excellence status from Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care
NewYork-Presbyterian’s destination pediatric heart surgeons are widely recognized for their expertise in newborn heart surgery. The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a 17-bed, state-of-the-art unit dedicated solely to the care of neonates born with congenital heart defects. Our unit is the first-of-its-kind and the only unit in the USA where super-specialized and multi-disciplinary care is provided to neonates with congenital heart disease.
Our physicians apply the latest neurological advances to support infant health, such as electroencephalography (EEG) methods to access brain function, near-infrared spectroscopy to assess brain perfusion and therapeutic hypothermia, which lowers the baby's brain and body temperature to help lessen the risk of a brain disability.
At NewYork-Presbyterian, the neonatal nutritionist is an integral member of your baby's healthcare team, providing recommendations to optimize your child's growth and development. 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 recognize that, no matter how brief, every baby’s life is precious, and the comfort of the baby is at the center of our care. The Neonatal Comfort Care Team is available to families starting in the prenatal period. The team works with you to develop a plan for delivery and postnatal care of your baby. Ongoing support is offered after you leave the hospital, including long-term bereavement support for you and your family.
We encourage parents to practice "skin-to-skin" care, which 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.
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 you bond with your child, including providing ways to record your voices to play in the isolettes, creating personalized mobiles, providing books to support early reading to your child and offering support to older siblings cope with having their new baby brother or sister in the NICU. We also have a virtual telepresence program (Virtual NICU) so that you can stay virtually connected to your baby when you are not able to be at their bedside.
When your baby is admitted to the NICU, you will be connected with a social worker who will be able to help you cope with having a child admitted to the hospital, assist with transportation and insurance, and empower you to be an advocate for your child. We also have a NICU psychologist at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital who provides support to all parents in the form of one-on-one sessions as well as parent groups. Our March of Dimes Family Support Program Coordinators also have a wealth of resources available to you.
Our 24/7 transport service can arrange for the transfer of critically ill newborns to our NICUs from referring hospitals via specially staffed and equipped vehicles. Doctors can arrange for the transport of an infant to the NICU by calling 1-800-NYP-STAT (1-800-697-7828).
Preparing You to Go Home
You may feel anxious about leaving the hospital and returning home with your infant. We ensure that all babies are medically ready to leave the NICU and partner with you to help ease this transition. Our goal is to help your baby thrive and to provide you with education, support and comfort during your family’s journey in the NICU and beyond.
Why Choose Us
Experts in Neonatology Care
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our neonatologists have the expertise to care for premature infants, Infants at risk for neurologic injury, infants with conditions such as pulmonary hypertension or chronic lung disease, cardiac anomalies, birth defects, and genetic disorders, employing the latest approaches and technologies that improve the outcomes of the sickest and most fragile infants.
Innovative Approaches and Lifesaving Treatments
NewYork-Presbyterian is nationally recognized for optimizing the health of newborns and minimizing risk in the tiniest, most fragile newborns with our innovative approaches and lifesaving treatments. We have one of the best infant survival rates among NICUs nationally, and the lowest rates of chronic lung disease in the U.S. We are recognized by the National Institutes of Health for excellence and expertise in the gentle ventilation of neonates, the standard of care in early, acute lung disease in extremely preterm infants. Our devotion to your newborn continues long after discharge, with comprehensive neonatal and nutritional follow-up programs to promote your newborn’s growth and development.
Optimizing Patient Safety with the Latest Technologies
At NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, the NICU clinical integration systems technology is woven into all of the hospital’s information and communication platforms, which provides multiple layers of protection and safety for each patient. The system was developed to facilitate communication between members of the NICU team, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and respiratory therapists.
Excellence in Nursing Care
NewYork-Presbyterian’s Magnet® Recognition NICU nurses are experienced and exceptionally well trained. Not only do they care for the tiniest of infants, but they also provide care, support, and education to parents as well. NICU nurses require highly specialized skills in the assessment and care of newborns and sick infants and are trained in a wide range of medical, technological, and surgical interventions.
Leaders in the Field
Our physicians have pioneered many of the techniques widely used in neonatal medicine today, including the use of gentle respiratory care for newborns and providing neonatal cardiac care for infants with congenital heart disease. They are conducting research in a variety of areas including neurodevelopment, vital sign monitoring, genetics, immunology, and so much more, to advance the field further, benefiting newborns everywhere.
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