Children's Hospital Colorado
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our pioneering neonatal program treats the smallest patients at their most vulnerable, achieving the outcomes that affect the rest of their lives.

Neonatal Care at Children’s Hospital Colorado 

Level IV NICU Highest Distinction
1,400+ Infants Treated Each Year
Among the 1st to be Named a Center of Excellence for Neonatal Services by United Resource Networks

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital Colorado provides expertise, compassion and support to help you achieve the best possible outcomes for your newborn, you and your family. The NICU is part of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health, which provides mothers and their babies with care before, during and after pregnancy. 

For more than 40 years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Colorado has been a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of critically ill infants. Our state-of-the-art facility, located at Children’s Colorado, provides 82 critical care beds for infants up to 3 months of age.

Our NICU treats infants from Denver, the surrounding areas in Colorado and a 10-state area. As part of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health, it is the only NICU in the region with the experience and technology to treat virtually any medical condition affecting newborns. Since we see more than 300 infants annually who require surgery while in our NICU, our providers have diverse expertise caring for an array of complex conditions.

Our doctors have pioneered many critical developments in neonatal care, and in many cases, were the first in the world to use new therapies, including:

  • Surfactant replacement for premature babies’ lungs
  • Inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pulmonary hypertension
  • Brain cooling for perinatal brain injury
  • Inhaled nitric oxide to prevent premature lung disease
  • Optimal nutritional strategies for low birth weight babies

Find more information about the NICU at Children's Hospital Colorado.


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