The Department of Pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) provides comprehensive newborn care to babies during their hospital stay. Our hospital-based pediatricians meet with parents, perform routine newborn screening tests, administer required and elective vaccinations, provide a complete physical, and provide referrals for specialty follow-up care, if needed.
Our team of experienced postpartum nurses, lactation consultants, and parent educators teach new parents how to care for their infants and prepare them to return home. Upon discharge, our hospital-based pediatricians will assist in the transition of ongoing pediatric care to a family’s community pediatrician or other primary physician.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
The Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BWH provides care for babies born as early as 23 weeks or who have medical complications at birth. Our state-of-the-art NICU, the largest in Massachusetts, provides newborn intensive care for nearly 3,000 premature and seriously ill babies and their families each year.
In the NICU, infants receive individualized specialty care from a dedicated team of neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and others. This comprehensive team also provides resources and support to parents and caregivers throughout their baby’s stay in the NICU. If a baby needs additional care, our neonatologists collaborate with Boston Children’s Hospital – connected by a pedestrian bridge to BWH.