Helping hands for tiny babies

The Neonatology (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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is on site at Fairview Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital. In total, there are more than 80 NICU beds in 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.

Family-centered Care

The Neonatology (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.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses on the medical needs of newborn babies. Our Neonatology (NICU) offers specialty care for:

  • Breathing and other respiratory disorders
  • Congenital malformations
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Infections
  • Inherited metabolic disorders
  • Medical Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurologic problems
  • Premature babies with birth defects
  • Pulmonology


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.



Neonatal Developmental Care Follow-up Clinic

  • At Children's, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team uses stress assessments as a basis for modifying a baby's environment and treatment strategies.
  • No "routine" procedures are performed on the neonatal unit; room lighting, sound and the frequency and timing of medical/nursing care are all adapted to suit each infant's needs.
  • Studies have shown that neonatal developmental care has many positive effects on babies; from reducing the amount of time an infant needs assisted ventilation to accelerating weight gain.

Family-centered Facility

  • 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.

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
  • Neonatology (NICU) Unit’s 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.