When your baby is born early, or is sick, we know that you want the best care in the
area. The Children’s Hospital of Georgia's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) gives
the tiniest patients a fighting chance at life by delivering skilled and coordinated
neonatal care to meet the complex needs of premature infants and their families.
We have the area’s best multidisciplinary team of neonatologists, nurses, and specialists
delivering the highest quality care to you and your baby. We are pioneers in Patient-and Family-Centered Care and want you to be a part of your child’s care and recovery from the moment you come
Why Choose Us
The Children’s Hospital of Georgia has the only Level IV (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the area. Our highly trained physicians and intensivists use the most advanced
technologies available to care for sick and premature newborns. We are located on
the 5th floor of the critical care tower, adjacent to the children’s hospital.
Regional Perinatal Center
As a leading Regional Perinatal Center, our NICU provides newborns with the highly
specialized care that many other perinatal centers cannot. We offer:
- A board-certified neonatology team: Our distinguished neonatal physicians and neonatal surgery teams, including the
area’s only specialized congenital heart surgeon, coordinate together to care for critically ill newborns.
- State-of-the-art perinatal care facilities: 45+ infant beds, including six in a HEPA-filtered area, to protect at-risk babies
from infections. We also have an intermediate care nursery (7U)
- Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): We are one of only two programs in the state who have the technology to keep the
hearts and lungs of critically ill infants working.
- A specialized nursing team: Our nurses are trained in neonatal care, are certified in neonatal resuscitation
and deliver highly skilled care to your baby.
- Pediatric respiratory therapists: Who are available to provide ventilation services and breathing procedures to infants.
Our NICU coordinates care for your child providing services along with the,
- Fetal Heart Program: If you are pregnant and your OB/GYN suspects that there is something wrong with your
baby's heart while still in-utero, you will be referred to our fetal heart specialist.
- High Risk Developmental Clinic: A neonatal follow-up program to care for children with ongoing medical needs.
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program: Mothers or babies who have health issues during pregnancy will be seen by Maternal-fetal medicine physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies.
- Neonatal Transport Team: For newborns and infants who are born premature or are in distress, the specialized
neonatal transport team can safely and quickly bring your child to our NICU.
Support for patients
We know that the days after birth can be difficult and sometimes stressful. To help
our patients get ready for the challenges of motherhood we offer:
- Neonatal nutritionists, to monitor your baby’s growth and adjust feedings as needed with help from dedicated
- A milk preparation room, our infant nutrition technicians work in our Milk Lab to receive and store mother’s
milk according to CDC standards. Each bottle of milk received is barcode labeled and
tracked to ensure accuracy and safety.
- Parent education, we offer a course designed for discharge to home for premature babies. We also provide
a wide variety of educational information to explain the care we provide in the NICU
and what parents need to know when taking their baby home.
- Pediatric pharmacists, to fill prescriptions that mothers or babies might need.