Neonatal Intensive Care Units
The Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are among the busiest and most highly regarded units in the country. We have attained the highest recognition possible in neonatal intensive care, reserved for centers caring for the smallest and sickest newborns. Our NICUs use the latest technology and therapies available to offer critically ill newborns the best chance for survival and good quality of life.
A Team Approach with Exceptional Experience: We have a dedicated staff of neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, and pharmacists. Together they care for many critically ill infants each year with a variety of life-threatening problems, including extreme prematurity, respiratory failure, gastrointestinal disorders, congenital abnormalities (disorders present at birth), and congenital heart disease and other conditions that may require surgery.
Excellence in Nursing Care: Our 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.
A Network of Advanced Care: We have a 62-bed NICU at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and a 50-bed NICU at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, as well as NICUs at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.
Families Are on 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.
Patient Transfers: 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).
Neonatal Comfort Care: We offer a Neonatal Comfort Care Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to welcome babies with life-limiting conditions and to support their families.
Preparing You to Go Home: You may feel anxious about leaving the hospital and returning home with your infant. We can help ease this transition. Our goal is to help your baby thrive and to give you education and comfort you need to start your lives together once you leave the hospital.
Our NICUs have been recognized for excellence in several areas, including:
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.