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Extraordinary Care for the Tiniest Babies

If your premature or critically ill newborn needs special care, the team at Children’s National is ready to provide advanced treatments for your baby and support for your family. Our expertise in newborn care is nationally recognized: U.S. News & World Report ranks our Neonatology program among the top 10 in the country–the only program in DC, Maryland or Virginia with that distinction.

Explore Our NICU

The division's dedicated team includes neonatal specialists in neurology, neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists, and EEG (electroencephalography). Your infant has access to physicians at Children's National from more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties.

Whether your infant arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, our team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby needs, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments, and continuing care.

Children's National's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The division manages the only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the District of Columbia and the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 2011, the NICU received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The award recognizes the nation's top critical care units across a multitude of hospitals for their commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

As the region's most advanced neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill and premature newborns—even those weighing less than one pound—Children's National's NICU is a primary referral center and resource for more than 40 hospitals.

Neuro-Intensive Care

One of our strengths is the collaboration between the divisions of Neurology, Radiology, and Neonatology in the brain protection program. Children's National established the first neonatal neuro-intensive care program in the mid-Atlantic region.

Two full-time neonatal neurologists round with the neonatal team to treat patients with neurologic concerns. Children's National has one of the largest whole-body cooling programs for infants with hypoxic brain injury (trauma depriving the brain of enough oxygen), and is the only hospital in the area with an MRI-compatible incubator.

Under the supervision of a pediatric neuroradiologist, the MRI-compatible incubator allows us to safely transport and image the brains of our premature infants and sickest newborns.

Children's Medical Transport Team

When your baby needs to be transferred to our NICU, Children's National has the region's only dedicated neonatal transport team. Our medical transport ambulance and SkyBear helicopter services are specially designed for neonatal transport. The medical transport team offers the highest level of care for at-risk and sick infants during their journey to the hospital. 

Hydrocephalus Treatment at Children's National 

Occurring in about one out of every 500 births, hydrocephalus is a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) inside the head. Our neurosurgery team treats hundreds of hydrocephalus cases each year, and often provides follow-up care for patients previously treated at another hospital.

Aidan's Story

Patient story

"My miracle son, Aidan, is now a feisty 5-year-old. He talks, walks, runs, and eats everything in sight."

Aidan's Story

The Neonatology Team

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Learn more about the conditions that our doctors expertly treat in premature and critically ill babies.

For Parents in the NICU

Learn how to care and feed for your baby, about our donated milk program and about web resources.


Our neonatal patients receive care at different locations around the region so parents can find one close to home. We have extended our services to care for more neonatal patients by partnering with several community hospitals in Virginia and Maryland.

Meet the Team

Our groups of experts from more than 40 different subspecialties work together on a daily basis to provide care for more than 800 babies each year.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

One of the few Level IV NICUs in the area, more than 40 hospitals across the Washington, DC metropolitan region trust us with the care of their premature and critically ill infants.

Regional NICUs

We collaborate with several community hospitals in Virginia and Maryland, providing the best possible care for infants across our region and providing hope for the families.

Related Departments

Our neonatologists and other specialists throughout Children's National frequently work together to provide cutting-edge treatment for our smallest patients.

Resources for Providers

Learn how to refer a newborn to Children’s National.

Specialized Programs

As the only top 10 neonatology/NICU in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, we consistently earn national recognition and offer several unique programs and treatments for critically ill and premature infants.


Learn about the treatments we use to care for your baby.