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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The southeast area’s leading neonatal care center for sick and premature babies.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Children’s Hospital of Georgia
1446 Harper Street 5th Floor
Augusta, Georgia 30912

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our Approach

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 to 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 pediatric dietitians.
  • 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.

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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