Richmond’s Most Sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Pregnancy and birth are remarkable, complex events. Even though most of us will have a joyful experience, there’s always a risk of complications. That’s why it’s important to choose a birth center that can handle any situation.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is home to Central Virginia’s largest and newest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a Level III NICU we can treat even the smallest and sickest babies on-site, eliminating the need to transfer to another hospital.

Why Choose Henrico Doctors’ Hospital for Neonatal Intensive Care

Our NICU team provides more than just critical newborn care. We also offer emotional support and encouragement every step of the way. Families also choose us for:

  • Top neonatal specialists. Our experienced team is led by neonatologists (doctors with advanced training in caring for sick or premature newborns). It also includes neonatal clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, feeding and swallowing therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and lactation consultants.
  • Care that’s critical but gentle. Our 40-bed NICU cares for the most fragile babies, including those born before 32 weeks or who weigh less than 3.3 pounds. In addition to 33 private rooms, we also offer four sets of connected rooms for twins and a Level II progressive care nursery.
  • Around-the-clock readiness. Our infant resuscitation team and other caregivers are ready to handle emergencies at a moment’s notice. And we’re the only NICU in Richmond to have a physician on-site 24/7. If your baby needs immediate care from a doctor in the middle of the night, we don’t have to wait for on-call support to arrive.
  • Comprehensive pediatric care. If your baby’s condition will require additional medical or surgical care later in life, we offer advanced pediatric care on-site, including emergency, hospital, and specialty and surgical services.
  • Expertise in treating babies affected by substance abuse. We treat newborns with withdrawal symptoms caused by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). And our maternal addiction program offers respectful care and support to moms, infants, and families addicted to opioids or other substances.

Critical Care for Most Conditions and Complications

Our NICU team provides short- and long-term care for babies with a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Complications during labor and delivery, including breech birth, lack of oxygen, meconium in the lungs, or the umbilical cord circling the baby’s neck
  • Birth defects including spina bifida, Down syndrome, structural heart defects, and gastroschisis (when the intestines grow outside the body)
  • Infections ranging from Group B streptococcus to chlamydia and herpes
  • Respiratory problems such as rapid breathing and apnea (pauses during breathing)
  • Medical conditions including hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, and jaundice
  • Exposure to opioids, other drugs, or alcohol in the womb

Superior, Family-Centered Service

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers the complex care your baby needs — and the support you deserve. Our family-centered services include:

  • 24/7 visitation. You can stay by your baby’s side for as long as you need. In fact, we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s care. We also welcome visitation with siblings and grandparents whenever possible.
  • Virtual visitation. If an obligation prevents you from visiting the NICU, or your partner is out of the area, your nurse can help you set up remote, real-time video footage of your baby.
  • A family support lounge. Our spacious lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and wireless internet. You can catch up on work, spend time with other family members, find educational resources, or communicate with your baby’s caregivers.
  • An extra pair of hands. Our Cuddler Program offers carefully trained volunteers who hold, read to, and console NICU babies when you can’t be present. Remember, it’s okay to take time to care for yourself or your other children.
  • Support services through the March of Dimes. Through our partnership with the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program, you can request educational materials and bedside support that will help you care for your baby in the NICU and at home. For more information, contact our local March of Dimes program coordinator at (804) 289-4732.