Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Winthrop-University Hospital provides state-of-the-art facilities for babies born preterm or with medical conditions that may or may not require surgery.

World-Class Neonatal ICU

Winthrop’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is internationally recognized for our class-leading outcomes in both overall survival and survival without complications in extremely premature babies when compared to more than 800 neonatal intensive care units around the world.

Our Neonatal ICU is a special nursery for babies born prematurely or with other medical problems, such as breathing disorders, infections or conditions requiring surgery. Babies may remain in the unit until they are discharged home or transferred to the regular nursery.

State-of-the-Science Technology

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind, Winthrop’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is equipped to care for babies with problems that require the use of the most sophisticated technology and possible surgical intervention. Special equipment is used to observe and monitor the babies closely, as well as to provide the correct balance of warmth, nourishment and, if necessary, oxygen in amounts carefully tailored to the special needs of each baby.

Babies in the NICU may require special monitoring and close observation for one or more of the following reasons:

Baby Is Preterm – Born before 37 weeks gestation, premature babies need to grow before they can go home. They often have more than one problem, such as breathing and feeding issues, because their systems are immature.

Baby is Term – Born between 37 and 42 weeks gestation, term babies may have breathing problems, infections, seizures, feeding difficulties or heart problems, all requiring special care.

Baby is Post-Term – Born later than 42 weeks gestation, post-term babies may require special care for rapid breathing, possible infection or seizures.

To learn more about the NICU, please visit our page on the Winthrop-University Hospital website.