Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

(757) 668-7448

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHKD is the region's largest and most sophisticated critical care facility for newborns.

Why Babies Come to CHKD

Approximately 550 newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are admitted to CHKD's 62-bed unit every year from hospitals throughout southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina. Most are born prematurely - some as early as 23 weeks gestation. Others suffer from severe heart and lung conditions or birth defects that require early surgical intervention.

Read: The NICU Parents Guide

Specialized Care for the Tiniest Patients

The NICU combines advanced technology and trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. CHKD knows from experience that parents often feel anxious when their babies are admitted to the NICU, and we do all we can to help you during this stressful time. The unfamiliar sights, sounds and equipment can be overwhelming, so every parent receives a resource guide filled with information to help families navigate the NICU.

Teamwork at Every Turn

Additional information to help you understand your child’s condition, possible treatments and how you can be involved will come from one-on-one discussions with nurses, doctors and through participation in daily rounds with the your baby's medical team. This team works with parents to develop a plan of care for high-risk newborns. We encourage your active involvement in your baby’s care, and welcome parents to spend time with their babies at any hour of the day or night.

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(757) 668-7448

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