Some babies need extra care. A large percentage of the infants born at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital are from high-risk pregnancies. Our neonatal staff assesses your baby's health, provides care for your baby while in the hospital and talks with you about important medical needs during your baby's first months of life.
Our team is known for its successful care of extremely small infants, some weighing less than 500 grams (approximately one pound). We have extensive experience in the delivery room stabilization and subsequent care of high-risk infants, including very small premature infants as well as larger infants born with a variety of medical conditions such as infection and congenital anomalies.
Neonatologists participate in research and education as faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Our physicians are active in research on a variety of newborn conditions, including chronic lung disease in premature infants, newborn infant growth and nutrition, newborn jaundice – bilirubin metabolism, newborn infection, genetic influences on newborn lung disease and the long term effects of newborn conditions on development.
Our clinical research – which is always conducted with the consent of the parents – focuses on enhancing the ability of premature babies to exist outside the uterus without developing chronic diseases.
The Newborn Pediatrics physicians participate in the education of neonatal fellows, residents and medical students. They publish in peer-reviewed journals and speak at national and international conferences about new information on the management of infants. They also provide education to community organizations and individuals worldwide, and work within the government structure to promote health care of women and children.
The Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) provide treatment for babies with special medical needs.
The Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) at Pennsylvania Hospital is a Level III nursery (the highest care level).