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Newborn Intensive Care

NICU (Neonatal intensive care unit)

There are times when infants require intensive care nursing services. Although families may not be prepared for this situation, we will be. Our sister facility, Reston Hospital, provides a Level III–A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). If your baby needs additional observation or care, our skilled neonatal transport team will provide transfer services directly to Reston Hospital Center in specially equipped vehicles.

Top–level neonatology unit offers specialized care for infants

Reston Hospital Center's American Academy of Pediatrics Specialty Level III–A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides expert care for the tiniest and most fragile infants. Their 24–hour, 12–isolette unit is staffed by an in-house neonatologist (a pediatrician with advanced training in the care of premature or ill newborn babies) and registered nurses experienced in providing Specialty Level III Nursery care for infants who need advanced care.

Intensive care nurses, a neonatologist or a pediatrician attend all cesarean section and high-risk deliveries to provide any extra support that may be needed.

Reston's partnership with Children's National Medical Center, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C., means they have access to the highest level of consultation and care for critically ill newborns.

Facilitating family–centered care is a priority at Reston’s NICU

The Reston Hospital NICU is committed to family-centered care. They recognize and respect the special relationship between families and their babies and believe mothers and fathers are important members of the multispecialty neonatal care team. Parents are updated on all aspects of their baby's plan of care by an accessible staff of neonatologists, pediatricians and nurses.

They encourage parents to spend as much hands-on time with your baby as possible in the NICU. Reston Hospital offers instruction and support for “kangaroo care” for premature babies—a technique involving direct, skin-to-skin contact between newborn and parent (either mother or father). Kangaroo care has been shown to provide positive health benefits for both babies and parents, easing the feelings of separation and anxiety while your baby remains hospitalized.

Visiting the NICU

Grandparents, siblings age eight and older and other well-wishers are welcome—two at a time—to accompany new parents on visits to the special-care nursery unless they've been exposed to or have a communicable disease. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is closed to all visitors while our staff changes shifts from 6:30am to 8:00am and 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Pregnancy & birth services

Visit the Pregnancy Center in our online Health Library for comprehensive maternity resources.