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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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For questions about Stamford Hospital's NICU, call 203.276.7083.

While one of life's greatest joys, pregnancy and childbirth alone can be challenging. When you're faced with the possibility of your newborn baby staying in the NICU, life can definitely get stressful for awhile. Words like "high risk", "sick," and "premature" were likely not part of the plan, let alone an extended stay. It's our job to address what those terms may mean and answer any questions you might have.

Every baby is unique and there are many reasons for a family to experience a NICU stay after birth. With a warm, family-centered approach, you can rest assured that your newborn is in the hands of an exceptional team who is extensively trained in caring for newborns and supporting both moms and dads throughout the journey.

  • 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 and Pediatric Surgery 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 in our new transition rooms 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 major milestone, 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. 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 and 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 (3.3 pounds).
  • 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.

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