Our neonatologists from Nemours Children’s Health System care for babies who are born under critical circumstances, require special medical treatment or who are ill.
Your newborn may spend time in Jefferson's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Neonatal ICU) because of prematurity, low birth weight, acute respiratory distress or due to medical, surgical and cardiac disorders. Our Level IIIC Neonatal ICU is recognized as one of the best in the Philadelphia region. Level III means that we offer advanced care and treatment for these babies.
Jefferson has been at the forefront of advances in neonatal critical care for more than three decades. We were the first Neonatal ICU in the Philadelphia region to offer new, leading-edge therapies such as inhaled nitric oxide, surfactant for respiratory distress syndrome, treatments for eye diseases of prematurity and head cooling to prevent neurological impairment in term or near-term infants.
Our Neonatal ICU team continues to innovate with advances in nutrition, the treatment of neonatal withdrawal syndrome, and continuous improvement processes to enhance the quality and safety of your infant's care.
We are dedicated to providing the best experience for your baby and give him or her the best chance for a healthy beginning. After discharge, the comprehensive Neonatal Follow-up Program is available to continue care and provide a smooth transition to your home.
Caring for Your Newborn in the Neonatal ICU
Nemours neonatologists oversee ongoing care of infants in the Neonatal ICU and are at the bedside, available 24/7, for infants from the delivery room through to discharge. Our team, including a seasoned team of neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, pharmacists, social workers, occupational/respiratory/physician/speech therapists, lactation consultants and others, are family focused, providing support and the best treatment plan and outcome for your newborn.
Common Conditions We Treat in the Neonatal ICU
- Infants requiring surgery
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Respiratory problems related to prematurity
- Airway abnormalities
- Seizure disorders
- Hypoxic respiratory failure
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
- Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
Treating Retinopathy of Prematurity in Infants
Premature infants can face a host of severe medical problems, including vision problems. Retinopathy of prematurity in premature infants affects both eyes and is the leading cause of vision loss in children.
Should your baby be at risk of this eye condition, our team will consult with Nemours ophthalmologists and see your baby every one to two weeks as needed for proper diagnosis.
If your baby is diagnosed with ROP, our expert ophthalmologists from Wills Eye Hospital will provide the necessary treatment. Both teams will continue to follow your baby closely every one to two weeks until cleared from follow-up over the next six months to one year.