Our highly specialized neonatologists work closely with obstetricians, surgeons, respiratory specialists, and advanced practice, and neonatal-trained nurses for the best possible family-centered care. The WVU Medicine Children’s NICU has level IV status, which is the highest-ranking a hospital NICU can receive from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The WVU Medicine Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 39-bed unit that provides specialized care for critically ill or premature babies. We also treat newborns with genetic conditions, neurological issues, cardiac problems, and neonatal abstinence syndrome, when a baby withdraws from certain drugs, like opioids, after exposure in the womb. About 700 infants (some weighing less than two pounds) are admitted to the NICU each year.
NICU providers and staff are sensitive to the emotional needs of children and families in critical situations, and we provide a variety of services to comfort and support, including:
- NICVIEW, a HIPAA-secure video system with real-time monitoring of the baby that family and friends can access
- NICU Cuddler Program offered by WVU Medicine Volunteer Services
- A lactation clinic and an infant feeding room for storage and preparation of formulas and breast milk
- Supportive care services for adjustment to a child’s illness and grief support
- Interfaith chaplains and a Prayer and Meditation Room available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Discharge preparation classes, including CPR and car seat safety
The WVU Medicine Children’s NICU is dedicated to providing the best possible care for newborn infants and their families through our participation in the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), a neonatal performance group with more than 950 NICUs participating worldwide.