Stamford Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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For questions about the NICU or premature birth, call Kathy Livolsi, Director of Maternal/Child Health, at 203.276.7179.

We know that few women expect to have a premature birth, so an early delivery can be stressful. The terms “at risk” and “sick” can be overwhelming to hear. In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we take extra specialized care of our very smallest patients because every situation is unique. With a warm, family-centered approach you can rest assured that your newborn is in the hands of excellent care.

Here are just some of the many ways you can feel good about our team:

  • We’re a designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by experienced neonatologists, nurses, and pediatric specialists.
  • We work closely with caregivers of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine to provide comprehensive care to moms, dads, and their babies.
  • Our Resource Room is loaded with helpful information. It’s also a private, comfortable respite for visiting families as well as a site for weekly parent mentoring from the Tiny Miracles Foundation. Most volunteers are parents whose children were also premature infants.
  • Prior to discharge, parents are invited to spend a night to help ease the transition from NICU to home.
  • Our NICU Infant Clinical Evaluation Program for “graduates” helps you and your pediatrician manage common issues like growth, nutrition, and neurodevelopmental delay.

We’re also a proud member of the Vermont Oxford Network, a nonprofit voluntary group of health care professionals working together to continuously improve neonatal care. With nearly 1,000 participating locations throughout the world, this partnership helps us:

  • Set our expectations, as well as determine and expand upon our strong points and growth potential.
  • Offer our team opportunities for further learning, research and quality forums.
  • Assure you and your family that quality, safety, and best practices are always top of mind at Stamford Health’s NICU.

NICU Infant Clinical Evaluation Program

We love seeing the smiling faces on families who can safely bring their newborn home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Graduating from the NICU is a big step for the tiniest of patients, which is why we’ve created our NICU Infant Clinical Evaluation Program (NICE). Raising a “graduate” of the NICU can be especially challenging, so we’re here to help you have the best transition home possible, as well as identifying programs to help you and your pediatrician manage common issues like growth, nutrition, and neurodevelopmental delay.

You can find our program at the Cohen Children's Specialty Center at the Tully Health Center, directed by Dr. John Ciannella, a neonatologist with specialized training in the follow-up of high risk infants. Each visit to the program will include:

  • A comprehensive history and review of issues like growth, nutrition, GE reflux, and respiratory illnesses, by Dr. Ciannella NICU nurses. 
  • A neurodevelopmental assessment using state-of-the-art tools like the Infanib or Capute Scales. This includes measuring neurological integrity, linguistic and auditory milestones, and visual-motor abilities.
  • The Infanib is an assessment tool that evaluates the neurological integrity of infants.
  • The Capute Scale consists of 2 components, the clinical linguistic and auditory milestone scale (CLAMS) and the Cognitive Adaptive Test (CAT),
  • Communication to make sure follow-ups are in place as appropriate.
  • A full report for your child’s primary care provider.

If your child meets any of the following, he or she qualifies for the program:

  • Born less than 32 weeks gestation.
  • Birth weight less than 1500 grams.
  • History of seizures, meningitis, a central nervous system bleed or other neurological complication.

We accept all major insurance plans as well as Medicaid and we welcome at-risk infants from any NICU. Call us to make an appointment at 203-276-7307.