Neonatology Intensive Care Unit
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), provides the highly specialized, family centered care your baby needs. Our first priority is taking care of your baby and family. Babies need the love and comfort of their families so we want you to be with your baby whenever you can.
Founded in 1961 by Mildred Stahlman, M.D., the Vanderbilt NICU was one of the first specialized hospital programs in the world exclusively for the care of preterm infants.
As the Regional Perinatal Center for Middle Tennessee, our NICU provides services unavailable at many hospitals:
- Neonatal Follow-up Program
- ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
- Head cooling therapy for infants with brain injury at birth resulting from a lack of oxygen
- Junior League Fetal Center at Vanderbilt
- Pediatric general and subspecialty surgery
- Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Center
- Special imaging procedures
Parents, grandparents, and up to two people chosen by the parents may visit any time. All other visitors may visit only with a parent.
Meet Our Patients
Click the photos below to read about some of the babies we have cared for in the NICU.
Musical pacifier teaches preemies a life-saving skill
Daily sessions with a pacifier that activates mother's voice improve feeding skills, speed transition to oral feedings, and shorten hospital stay for premature infants. Learn more.
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