THE DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRIC NEWBORN MEDICINE provides care for newborns of all gestational ages and is specially equipped to care for infants as young as 23 weeks gestational age. Our state of the art facility and equipment allows the Brigham and Women’s NICU to be the largest in Massachusetts. Our NICU is located in the same building where mothers spend their post-partum stay, just one floor above the labor and delivery suite.
Our neonatologists are nationally and internationally recognized as participants in lectures and multi-site published research studies. We perform cutting-edge research on topics such as retinopathy of prematurity, chronic lung disease, brain injury, intraventricular hemorrhage, and developmental care. Many of these studies are funded by the National Institutes of Health. At the same time, BWH neonatologists provide on-site evaluation and treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, for our NICU babies. We treat babies with simple and complex prematurity; respiratory disease, including hyaline membrane disease and pneumonia; congenital malformations and genetic abnormalities; congenital and neonatal infections; neonatal neurological and metabolic disorders. We offer on-site NICU-based services such as a blood gas lab, lactation services, nutritional services, pharmaceutical services, and neonatal respiratory therapy. Our neonatologists along with an expert team of veteran nurses, many of whom possess advanced degrees in their field, dedicated social workers and care coordinating staff, nutritionists, and respiratory therapists make Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s NICU one of the best in the world. The Newborn Medicine Department also serves as a major training site for Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Programs.
The Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine Presents The Brigham Baby Academy
Early reading is critically important, even for babies in the NICU. During a newborn’s time in the NICU, essential brain development occurs that is relevant to language skills and learning later in life. All infants need frequent exposure to meaningful auditory experiences, and studies show that preterm infants who are not exposed to enough language while in the NICU have lower language performance at preschool and school age. In an effort to prevent language delays, the BWH NICU is promoting reading through a new effort called the Brigham Baby Academy. The program ensures that all newborns in the NICU are read to by a parent or a nurse at least once a day and are given several books by the time of discharge for parents to read at home.
There are several ways you can help:
1) Donate a book (or books) to the NICU at BWH
Please drop off one or more new or gently used children’s books in specially marked bins. There are bins located at the main hospital entrance at 75 Francis Street and at the front desk of the Connors Center for Women and Children on the lower Pike.
2) Make a contribution for the NICU to purchase books at:
This page was last modified on 12/22/2015