Extreme Low Birth Weight Infants

Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are seeing new and existing patients virtually and in-person as needed. Read our Safe Care Commitment to learn how we are continuing to provide care for you at this time.

Critical Care for the Smallest Babies

In the region’s most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we care for the smallest, most fragile infants, including those born as early as 23 weeks gestation. Here, high tech is accompanied by human touch. Respiratory therapists are integral members of the care team, as are experts in infant nutrition. Some families stay in the NICU for weeks, or even months, while their babies grow and develop. Private rooms enable you to be with your baby 24/7. Parents and babies benefit by the continuity of a consistent nursing team, and you can find community with others in a supportive family lounge.

Choose Us: The Best Start for the Most Fragile Newborns

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a world leader in using advanced technology to heal and optimize the infant brain by identifying seizures, monitoring brain activity and offering cooling therapy within hours of birth. Our research and teaching in neonatal neurology is shared around the world.
  • We are home to the first-ever in-unit MRI scanner designed specifically for infants.
  • The new, sun-lit design of our NICU reflects the optimal environment for developing infants and their families.
  • Once beyond the critical stage, babies (and their nursing team) graduate to a Growth and Development Unit where gentle stimulation by sights, sounds and touch foster crucial development and our supportive team prepares the whole family for a successful transition home.
  • Growth and Development teams include the physician, nurse practitioners, primary nurses, physical therapists, feeding specialist, social workers, dietitians, and lactation specialists who partner with you.
  • After discharge, a unique NICU Follow-Up Clinic provides ongoing support until kindergarten age, to ensure that your child is meeting all developmental milestones and to connect you with expert help if needed.


We understand that you may have concerns and want to assure you that we are steadfast in our commitment to safely providing the care you need. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are available to connect with you in person and with Virtual Visits. To request an appointment, call 617-732-5130 or submit the form below.

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