Neonatology

Dedicated to Treating, and Ultimately Preventing, All Complications of Premature Birth

Caring For Our Tiniest Patients

Inside the NICU

Neonatology

At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we provide integrated perinatal care and research throughout our patients' childhood, so that each one is able to reach his or her full potential in life.

Caring for more than 3,000 babies each year, we are one of the largest neonatal centers in the nation, dedicated to treating, and ultimately preventing, all complications of prematurity.

Our expertise spans from fetal diagnosis and therapies across the spectrum of newborn conditions to essential long-term follow-up.

We are proud to be one of 18 elite research centers in the Neonatal Research Network, a national network of investigators leading the way in neonatal medicine.

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Neonatology is ranked by U.S. News & World Report. 

Neonatology at Nationwide Children's

Through treatment and prevention, we’re reaching out to thousands. Each year, more than 3,000 babies receive the highest level of care in Newborn Intensive and Special Care Units at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

With more than 260 beds throughout our network, we are America’s largest neonatal center. The size and strength of our program allow us to provide the highest level of experience and translate that expertise into programs that address fetal diagnosis and therapies, across the broad spectrum of newborn conditions.

With the dedication and commitment of our teams and families, we provide babies with cutting-edge interventions, exceptional care and, in turn, remarkable outcomes.

Advanced facilities enable us to provide exceptional care for the whole family.

From our 114-bed Main Campus NICU to six NICU and special care units located within local birthing hospitals, our patients and their families receive care in the most technologically advanced and family-centered environments available anywhere.

Key Programs

The Section of Neonatal Medicine's key programs provide state-of-the-art capabilities for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of extremely premature and medically fragile neonates.

Neonatology Patient

Comprehensive Center for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

With a dedicated inpatient unit and outpatient follow-up service, the Comprehensive Center for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia addresses the medical, nutritional, developmental and social needs of each patient. Our unique approach provides the most advanced, comprehensive BPD care while improving outcomes.

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Infant Feeding Disorders Program

The Infant Feeding Disorders Program works to prevent, predict, diagnose and treat feeding-related disorders for infants. Dedicated to improving outcomes, our expert team focuses on personalized, feeding management strategies based on the latest clinical and transitional research.

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Small Baby Program

Our Small Baby Program is dedicated to the care of babies born at less than 27 weeks. We provide an interdisciplinary approach to family-centered care, allowing extremely premature babies to not only survive, but to reach their milestones.

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NICU Follow-up Programs

After leaving the NICU, your baby can be at high risk for developmental problems. The NICU Follow-up Program identifies and treats developmental needs early, ensuring the correct medical services and family support are in place to make a lasting difference.

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Fetal Medicine Clinic

The Fetal Medicine Clinic offers advanced diagnostic, treatment and recovery options for families facing complex birth defects. We are devoted to improving neonatal outcomes for most fetal complications while supporting you along the way.

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Transport

Our Transport Program provides 24-hour pediatric and neonatal critical-care transport services for patients both near and far. Our specially trained team ensures the safe, fast transport of critically ill patients via mobile ICU, helicopter and jet aircraft.

Our Team

Our team of rigorously trained neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, staff nurses and other health-care specialists provide around-the-clock treatment for newborns, using the most up-to-the-minute medical therapies and technologies.

Meet Our Leadership

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Leif D. Nelin

Leif D. Nelin, MD, is the Division Chief of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Edward G. Shepherd

Edward G. Shepherd, MD, is the Section Chief of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Cami D

Read Cami's Story

Name: Cami D.
Condition(s): Short Bowel Syndrome, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Prematurity
Age Today: 5 Years

On May 20, 2013, Cami was born via emergency c-section at 25 weeks and 2 days gestation weighing just 1 lb. 7 oz. The larger of identical twin girls, she had an incredibly rough start and was given chest compressions in the delivery room.

Avery M

Read Avery's Story

Name: Avery M.
Condition(s): Prematurity
Age Today: 3 Years

Avery was born at just 24 weeks. Although everything seemed to be going well at first, when she was 4-days-old, she hit her first hurdle. An ultrasound had shown grade 3 bilateral bleeding on her brain.

Grant R

Read Grant's Story

Name: Grant R.
Condition(s): Prematurity, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD
Age Today: 4 Years

Grant was born at 28 weeks and 5 days of gestation at Riverside Hospital. He started out strong on CPAP and never had to be intubated. He was one of the unfortunate few babies to have caught RSV while in the hospital–which caused a huge setback and a trip to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Downtown.

Grayson and Scarlett S

Read Grayson & Scarlett's Story

Name: Grayson & Scarlett S.
Condition(s): Prematurity, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD, Cerebral Palsy
Age Today: 4 Years

At 25 weeks and 5 days, Grayson and Scarlett decided they could no longer wait to come into our world. They were born at just 1 pound, 15 ounces and 2 pounds.

Adeline W

Read Adeline's Story

Name: Adeline W.
Condition(s): Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD, Retinopathy of Prematurity ROP, Rh Incompatibility
Age Today: 3 Years

Adeline's mom was diagnosed with isoimmunization, secondary to failed Rhogam and O- blood type. As a result,she developed Antibodies that at approximately 18 weeks gestation, would begin destroying Adeline’s red blood cells.

Resources for Parents

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NICU Resources

NICU Parent: You are the most important person in baby's life.  That's why we have compiled a list of resources for you to use both during your baby hospital stay and at home.

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Testing & Diagnostics

We perform a variety of tests in our NICU facilities. Learn more about some of of these tests, their purpose and how they are performed. 

Download the myChildren's app today for all your families needs

myChildren's

The myChildren’s app allows you to do medication reminders, immunization schedules and health tips for your family. Specialty content areas for diabetes, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and those who have stayed or are currently in a NICU.

Conditions We Treat

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Parent Resources: Caring For Your Baby

Dear Parent: You are the most important person in your baby's life.

We want to help you understand your baby’s developmental and medical needs; prepare for taking care of your baby; know how to get the resources and services you and your baby may need; and focus on parenting.

That's why we have compiled a list of resources for you to use both during your baby hospital stay and at home.