Inside the NICUs

Your newborn may be admitted to one of two Connecticut Children’s NICUs with the site of care determined primarily by the location of birth and by the level of intensive care needed. Some infants may be transferred from one site to the other based on the services provided at each location.


University of Connecticut Health Center

Connecticut Children’s NICU at the University of Connecticut Health Center is designated as a Level 3 NICU and provides the highest level of neonatal care to the sickest and smallest babies. A Level 3 NICU provides comprehensive care to extremely low birth weight infants and offers advanced respiratory support such as inhaled nitric oxide and high frequency ventilation. Access to a full range of pediatric medical subspecialties is available along with advanced imaging technologies.

Hartford Hospital

With a Level 4 designation, Connecticut Children’s NICU at Hartford Hospital provides the same neonatal care as a Level 3 facility along with additional specialized medical and surgical services. A Level 4 NICU cares for newborns that need major surgery including repair of complex congenital defects and cardiac surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. In addition, Connecticut Children’s NICU at Hartford Hospital provides extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a cutting-edge treatment that delivers oxygen to the body temporarily replacing the functions of the heart and lungs.

Family-Centered Rounds

Rounding is the practice of having the care team of physicians, mid-level practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), nurses, and other staff meet at your baby’s bedside to discuss his or her medical condition, plan of care, and updates. As you are the most important caregiver in your baby’s world, parents are encouraged to participate in rounds as often as possible to share concerns, ask questions and learn more about your baby’s care.