Whether your child is born prematurely, suffers from a medical condition, or has a birth defect, the experts at St. Louis Children's Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are ready to provide the very best possible care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a NICU with a Level IV designation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, we offer the highest level of care available for critically-ill newborns.
|NICU Director Dr. Aaron Hamvas discusses prematurity.|
The unit is staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses and also includes pediatric residents and neonatal fellows (physicians who are specializing in treating children and treating sick newborns). In addition, nationally known surgical and medical specialists, including heart specialists, brain specialists, spinal cord specialists, kidney specialists and many others are available to consult on any problem that arises for your baby.
As prenatal care is becoming more important in determining risks before, during, and after pregnancies, we offer a downloadable Prenatal Family History Worksheet.
The Fetal Care Center
For some babies, treatment begins while still in a mother's womb. These babies are treated at The Fetal Care Center, a comprehensive center in the Midwest that offers a fully integrated patient experience in advanced fetal diagnostics, fetal surgical interventions before and after birth, and newborn medicine -- all on one medical campus. The Fetal Care Center is a unique partnership among St. Louis Children's Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University physicians.