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Fetal Neonatology

Our neonatologists are extending the reach of their expertise beyond the walls of our hospital.

TeleNICU

Children’s Health℠ has pioneered the use of telemedicine for critically ill newborns in the region, a lifesaving innovation that will improve care for the sickest babies across the state, the nation and around the world. We are region’s leading provider of pediatric care for seriously ill newborns and infants transferred from other hospitals.

The center is one of 17 in the National Institute of Child Health and Development Neonatal Research Network. In 2013, the team launched Texas’ first dedicated neonatal telemedicine service, which offers physicians at other hospital NICUs 24-hour access to our experienced, board-certified neonatologists via two-way, real-time communications.

Affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions, we are the only pediatric teaching and research hospital in North Texas.

Exceptional Care

US News & World Report also ranks Children’s Health among the nation's top programs in Neonatology. This ranking highlights our dedication to exceptional care and best practices as well as the use and availability of advanced treatments. UT Southwestern's distinguished faculty includes four Nobel laureates and 19 members of the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine and is home to the research laboratories of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine faculty and collaborating investigators in other clinical and basic science departments. 

Fetal and Neonatal Transport

When such advanced fetal or neonatal care is needed, the specialty transport team at Children’s Health transfers babies or obstetrical patients by ground or air, whether locally, nationally or internationally, employing the most advanced technologies. Patients are transferred in highly specialized vehicles that serve as mobile intensive care units, including a fleet of ground ambulances, a helicopter, and a fixed-wing aircraft.

Staffed with an in-house team 24 hours a day, Transport Services coordinates transfers and transport from beginning to end. From the time a neonatal transport is requested, a care team member from Children’s Health will be involved to provide ongoing expert medical advice as the transport team is being mobilized.

Conditions We Treat

Treatments and Services

Children’s Health provides the technology you need to stay connected with your little one from anywhere.

Parents of our tiniest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit wish they could be at their child’s bedside every minute, but sometimes they have to be away. Now, as a parent, you can watch your little one sleep, wriggle, yawn and wave, via a real-time video connection. All you need is an internet connection.

US News & World Report also ranks Children’s Health among the nation's top programs in Neonatology.

NICU Program Highlights

  • Offers a highly coordinated team of providers including board certified neonatologists, advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal medicine fellows, who provide exceptional neonatal care from birth through discharge.
  • A 47-bed Level IV NICU that serves as a regional referral center for lower level NICUs. It was recently expanded in 2015 and includes state-of-the-art equipment and upgraded amenities for our families.
  • Provides neonatal support to outside obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists through our Fetal-Neonatal Program. This multidisciplinary team, including maternal fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric surgery, cardiology and other pediatric subspecialists, provides prenatal consults for patients' with diagnoses of fetal anomalies or when a complex postnatal course is anticipated.
  • Daily bedside rounds include medical staff, neonatal respiratory therapists, nutritionists, child life specialists, pastoral care and developmental psychiatrists to provide the highest level of family-centered care.
  • All neonatologists are faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine has been a participating member in the National Institutes of Health Neonatal Network since its inception in 1986.
  • Access to a full range of neonatal therapies, including high frequency and jet ventilation, ECMO, nitric oxide and total body cooling. Immediate availability of pediatric subspecialty consultations.
  • Full access to radiology services provided by radiologists with neonatal expertise.
  • Access to our highly trained transport team dedicated solely to pediatric, neonatal and high risk obstetrical transport.

Meet the Care Team