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#1 for babies

Best Care for Babies

U.S. News & World Report ranks our Neonatology program #1 in the country.

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At Children’s National Health System, the Division of Neonatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of expert, compassionate care for your newborn baby. Our division possesses the top neonatologists in the country and has a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), administering the most advanced treatments to our tiniest patients.

Ranked Number One in the Nation for Neonatal Care

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We know that having a baby with complex conditions can be difficult for you and your family, and we’re here to support you through every step of your journey. Our team is uniquely qualified to treat your baby with the most innovative therapies available.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Ranked number one in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks our neonatology program number one in the nation, reflecting our commitment to excellence in care for our patients and families. 
  • Level IV NICU. Children’s National has one of the only Level IV NICUs in the Washington, D.C., area, offering the highest level of care for premature and ill newborns. 
  • High-risk prenatal care. Our fetal medicine team specializes in high-risk pregnancies – diagnosing your baby in utero (in the womb) and providing a treatment plan for delivery and after birth.
  • ECMO breathing therapy. In 1984, Children’s National became the first children’s hospital to offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which acts as an artificial set of heart and lungs for critically ill infants. Our program is now one of the largest in the country for infants and is designated as an ECMO Center of Excellence.
  • Nutrition and feeding program. The experts in our Neonatal Nutrition Program work closely to evaluate your baby’s growth and nutrition during their hospital stay. Additionally, we help families with lactation and breastfeeding needs and give our patients access to the Donor Milk Program.
  • Special monitoring for brain health. The Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program offers patients access to neonatal neurologists who regularly monitor developmental progress and research brain injury prevention and management.
  • Child development program. Our Child Development Clinic evaluates more than 1,500 children each year, ranging in age from birth to 4 years old. Our specialists will work with you to address developmental concerns.
  • Regional NICUs. We partner with several community hospitals in Virginia and Maryland to provide greater access to our NICU services.
  • Family support. We offer a full range of support services to help ease the stress on your family during your baby’s hospital stay. You’ll have access to a dedicated care team consisting of a family support specialist, social worker, case manager and child life specialist who will follow your family throughout your time in the NICU.

The Importance of a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

While most babies are born healthy, some newborns are premature or may have health problems, requiring care in a NICU. The American Academy of Pediatrics designates NICUs by the level of care available. At Children’s National, our NICU is designated Level IV, providing the highest level of neonatal care for the more than 800 babies we see each year. Our nursery has clinical teams who can take care of babies who need special surgery for birth defects and other disorders. Your baby will also be treated by pediatric subspecialists, specialized nurses and equipment that can care for the most complex conditions.

The Children's National NICU is one of the only Level IV NICUs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. While no one wants to think about their baby needing NICU care, it's important to know that this level of care is available nearby. Learn more.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about our Division of Neonatology, please call 202-476-5448.

Xiomara's Story

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When Xiomara's mother Elena was 20 weeks pregnant, her ultrasound uncovered something that didn’t look right. Elena was referred to Children’s National Health System to meet with Mary Donofrio, MD, in the Fetal Heart Program who flagged a few potential heart issues and continued to monitor Xiomara throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.

Xiomara's Story

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Choosing a NICU

Most babies are born healthy. But occasionally, some newborns are premature or have health problems, and they need care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). While no one wants to think about their baby needing NICU care, it’s good to know that if you need one, you can choose the NICU that’s right for you.

Conditions

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.

Locations

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 Care Services

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

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.

Treatments

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