Neonatal Care

RWJBarnabas Health delivers over 23,000 babies annually. Our hospitals have are experienced and equipped to deliver and provide care for newborn babies across New Jersey. Our Mother-Infant Pavilions, Maternity Units, and Birthing Centers combine the experience of a dedicated team of physicians and nurses and the most advanced technology with supportive family-centered childbirth and perinatal care. Many System facilities have recently been expanded and renovated to provide more comforts and conveniences for new mothers and their families. Specially trained nurses provide guidance in newborn care and breastfeeding.

When the most advanced critical care is required, RWJBarnabas Health is equipped with three Neonatal Intensive Care Units that are state-designated as regional referral centers. Our neonatal teams consists of board-certified neonatologists, specially trained nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses, therapists, social workers and technologists who work together under the principles of family-centered care. Neonatologists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide care for fragile newborns, meet with families and for consultations.

Our NICUs provide specialized care for newborns and offer New Jersey's only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for infants in severe respiratory distress. As a modification of cardiopulmonary bypass, ECMO aids newborns who have not responded to usual therapies such as mechanical ventilation, drugs and surgery.

The NICU services include:

  • Regional Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Apnea Program
  • Jet and Oscillator Ventilation
  • Nitric Oxide Treatments (the only program in the state)
  • Neonatal Transport Team
  • Comprehensive Parent Teaching Program
  • Infant Massage

Our survival rates exceed those of national benchmarks. While our number of Low Birth Weight babies ranks amongst the highest percentiles nationally, our survivals are among the top quartile. The Neonatal Transport Program safely transports critically-ill newborns to our hospitals and "back transports" many to the originating Level II's for recuperation. The transport team consists of a neonatologist and a registered neonatal nurse with special training in transport as well as an EMT.

To attain the best outcomes for our babies, the High Risk Infant Follow-up (HRIF) team of experts monitors and evaluates the growth and development of infants at risk. The team consists of neonatologists, a neurodevelopmentalist, a developmental psychologist, physical and occupational therapists, a neonatal nurse, social worker and an ophthalmologist. This same team follows the infant after discharge from the NICU. To ensure early identification of developmental delays and timely referrals to specialists, infants are seen at one, four, eight, 12 and 24 months. Babies treated with ECMO are followed to five years of age.

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