The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a Level III neonatal unit. We offer the highest level of care for neonatal diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation. In addition, a Level III NICU is on site at Fairview Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital. In total, there are more than 80 NICU beds in the Cleveland Clinic health system.
The main campus 17-bed unit is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to care for newborns with complex medical problems. The neonatal unit admits infants from any community hospital as well as from Cleveland Clinic.
The NICU offers parents and infant patients a family-centered facility with a caring staff to ensure that both parents and baby are comfortable and at ease. Board-certified neonatologists and nursing specialists work with other pediatric specialists, such as lactation experts, psychologists, speech pathologists and physical and occupational therapists to ensure comprehensive, individualized care.
- Family-friendly amenities help make this new facility comfortable and pleasant.
- Parents have 24-hour visitation and are encouraged to attend medical rounds and other meetings concerning their baby's progress.
- Siblings aged 3 and older may visit any time following a health screening by a registered nurse.
- Using a transition room, parents have the opportunity to "room in" with their baby prior to discharge. This allows parents to get comfortable caring for their new baby.
- Our Ronald McDonald House family room at main campus provides a clean, comfortable environment for families to rest, relax, or communicate via computer with their families.
What We Treat
Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses on the medical needs of newborn babies. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers specialty care for:
- Breathing and other respiratory disorders
- Congenital malformations
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Heart disease
- Hematologic disorders
- Inherited metabolic disorders
- Medical Genetics
- Neurologic problems
- Premature babies with birth defects
Fetal Care Program
The Fetal Care Center cares for mothers whose pregnancies are complicated by a maternal, fetal or obstetric disorder.
Special Delivery Unit
Our recently inaugurated Special Delivery Unit is one of a kind in northeast Ohio. Mothers with complex medical problems of their own or carrying fetuses with complicated medical or surgical problems can now deliver at a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the most modern technology to care for both mother and baby. A hybrid cardiac catheterization laboratory and pediatric operating room are adjacent for prompt access to postnatal procedures.
Long-term Neonatal Care and Rehabilitation
- Children’s for Rehabilitation is the only freestanding pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Ohio, and one of only a few of its kind in the nation. Children with specific medical or developmental disorders receive individualized care through specialty programs:
- Center for Autism
- Treatment for feeding disorders
- Pediatric kidney dialysis
- Specialized foster care
- The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's (NICU) Follow-up Program addresses the long-term needs of children and families who experience a range of medical and developmental disorders resulting from premature birth or complications from their illness.
The NICU Follow-up Clinic evaluates and supports the development of premature infants and babies with medically complex conditions. Research has shown that providing this essential post-neonatal care optimizes their developmental potential and improves long-term outcomes.
Our goal is to identify developmental delays early and to connect families with appropriate interventions to prevent long-term developmental problems.
To speak with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, please call 216.445.2408. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Appointments with the NICU Follow-up Clinic
To schedule an appointment in our NICU Follow-up Clinic, please call 216.401.7575.
Neonatal Brain Club is a continuing medical education activity organized by the Department of Neonatology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. National speakers lecture on topics related to neonatal brain and neuro development.
Tiny Hearts is a virtual Cleveland Clinic Children’s lecture series dedicated to the topic of neonatal cardiology. Speakers will discuss multiple disciplines and cover topics like pulmonary hypertension, non-invasive monitoring, fetal and neonatal cardiac physiology, interventions for congenital heart disease, neurodevelopmental considerations, electrophysiology and more.