Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Level IV NICU and FETAL Center

We care for infants throughout their journey, from prenatal diagnosis to the NICU and through their first five years of life. Our team uses the latest medical advances – including a 47-bed Level IV NICU and Texas' first TeleNICU – to deliver complex care to critically ill infants.

Our NICU is home to a comprehensive team, including renowned neonatologists from UT Southwestern. Our unique skills and expertise, combined with leading-edge techniques and technology, allow us to provide award-winning neonatal and perinatal care to children in North Texas and beyond. These attributes, along with our dedication to research, patient care and medical education, have allowed us to achieve our vision of making Children’s Health among the very best medical centers.

At Children’s Health, we believe treating the whole child is an important part of the care journey. That’s why we practice a holistic, comprehensive approach to care.

When patients come to Children's Health, they are not only getting access to our Level IV NICU, but also our more than 50 award-winning specialties and subspecialties. With experts in a range of top-ranked specialties all in the same place, there is no better place to receive coordinated, high-quality care.

From fetal heart and neurological conditions to ECMO support, patients will get all the care they need – all under one roof. Using a comprehensive care model, our expert team of neonatologists collaborates seamlessly with other specialists to provide patients world-renowned NICU care. 

Specialized Areas of Care

Collaborative Team

Our neonatal and pediatric transport team is one of the busiest in the nation and the first to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) in all three modes of transportation: jet, helicopter and ground ambulance.


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Comprehensive Follow Up Program -- Up to 5 Years of Age

Our Thrive Program provides a medical home and neurodevelopmental assessments to ensure optimal outcomes for NICU graduates until school age.

Conferences and Events

Neonatal Brain Matters Symposium 2024: Treating Brains Nurturing Futures

  • April 6, 2024, 8am-5pm
  • Hybrid Event (Virtual and In Person)
  • Who should attend: This conference is designed to share the latest evidence and trends in neurologic care for NICU patients with:
  • Texas NICU Physicians
  • Nurses
  • APPs
  • Services who interact with NICU patients (e.g., therapists, lactation consultants, etc.)
  • Course summary: This one-day conference will offer robust information to increase knowledge and skills of evidence-based care to vulnerable neonates with neurological illness. Topics include diagnosis, treatment and a special focus on outcomes of common neonatal neurologic conditions, such as posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus, intraventricular hemorrhage, neuromuscular disorders, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, seizures and stroke. The day will consist of impactful speaker presentations, breakout sessions and a hands-on session.
  • CME: Credit Designation: The Children’s HealthSM designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.TM
  • CNE: Children’s Health Clinical Operations is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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Pediatric Insights Podcast

Learn more on about latest research and advancements in pediatric care from Children's Health experts through our Pediatric Insights Podcasts.

  • A Shift in NeuroNICU Care for Preterm Infants ( – Featured Speakers: Lina Chalak, MD and Michelle Machie, MD
  • Lina Chalak, M.D., is a board-certified neonatologist at Children's Health℠ and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at UT Southwestern. She is the Interim Division Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Children’s Health and is also Director of the Neurological Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-NICU) Program – the first-of-its-kind in Texas. Dr. Chalak specializes in the care of infants with neurological conditions, such as seizures or brain injuries.
  • Michelle Machie, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child neurology. She is an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and specializes in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, perinatal brain injury and congenital malformations.
  • Improving Care and Outcomes for Neonates with Seizures ( – Featured Speaker: Alison Dolce, MD
  • Alison Dolce, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist at Children’s Health and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at UT Southwestern. She’s also the Director of the Pediatric Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program and Co-Director of the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic. Her specialties include pediatric neurology, clinical neurophysiology and pediatric epilepsy.

Meet the Care Team