Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine

We provide expert care for newborns in the intensive care units at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Waterbury Hospital and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. Our physicians are internationally recognized for their expertise and research activities.

We care for newborns with a variety of problems including:

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Complex cardiac issues
  • Genetic and metabolic diseases
  • Congenital malformations including lung malformations requiring ECMO, a machine that acts as an artificial heart and lungs
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Problems of nutrition and growth
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Neonatal infections
  • Anemia, jaundice and other blood disorders
  • Neurologic problems

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital was the world’s first NICU. It serves as the regional referral center for Southern Connecticut, with referrals coming from neighboring states as well. Every year, about 6,000 births occur at Yale New Haven Children’s and more than 850 newborns are admitted to the NICU. The NICU has a capacity of 55 patients, making it the largest clinical unit in the Children's Hospital, and the largest NICU in the state.

Through our Neonatal Transport Program, infants are brought to us from throughout the region for such specialized services as surgery, advanced cardiac diagnosis and treatment, inhaled nitric oxide and ECMO, or extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, for life-threatening heart and/or lung problems.