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Specialized newborn care: Why choose us?

BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Having a baby with a serious health condition can be scary and overwhelming. But it’s not something you have to face alone. We have the experts and resources to provide your newborn the highest level of care. From state-of-the-art NICUs to teleconsults to comprehensive family support services, we’re here at every step for you, your family and your baby, wherever you are.

At designated BJC Healthcare hospitals, you’ll find: 

  • Nationally recognized expertise: St. Louis Children’s Hospital is consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the nation for newborn care. NICUs across the BJC HealthCare system are staffed by St. Louis Children's Hospital neonatologists and newborn specialists for babies born with special medical needs. This provides a depth and breadth of expertise to begin care before your baby is born. 

  • Specialized team: Neonatologists (doctors specializing in newborn medicine) work alongside pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons, kidney specialists, therapists, pharmacists and other providers. We ensure your baby gets complete care. 

  • Advanced care: The Level IV NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of newborn care possible. No other NICU in the St. Louis region offers more comprehensive care. In addition, our NICUs are located within our childbirth centers. By providing medical care for moms and newborns in the same location, we keep mom and baby close. 

  • Focus on family: At our hospitals, we provide a range of programs and support services to help you and your family through this challenging time. We encourage parents and siblings to ask questions, make requests and learn all they can about their baby’s care and treatment.

Newborn NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Explore one of the nation’s top programs for newborn care.

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Newborn care services

Neonatal doctors, nurses, therapists and other specialists provide 24/7 care for your newborn. The wide range of services include:


A level II NICU at Progress West Hospital cares for premature babies who are born a little earlier, smaller, and more fragile, and who don't have very serious health issues.


A level II E NICU at Memorial Hospital Shiloh is a step up from a level II NICU and cares for premature babies who are born a little earlier, smaller, and more fragile, and who don't have very serious health issues.


The level III NICU at Missouri Baptist Medical Center provides care for high-risk newborns, premature babies and multiples.


the level IV NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is just steps away from Barnes-Jewish Hospital Labor and Deliver and is available for premature or critically ill newborns who need major surgery or life support.

Newborn transport services

We provide immediate ground or air transportation (within 15 minutes of referral) to our level IV NICU for critically ill newborns.

We have access to one of the few medical centers in the country that provides complex fetal surgeries and postnatal follow-up care.

If your unborn baby has a congenital heart defect, a pediatric cardiologist provides care before, during and after birth.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

ECMO provides life support (ventilation and circulation) for babies with life-threatening heart or lung conditions.

Neonatal therapeutic hypothermia

By lowering a newborn’s body temperature it could reduce the chance of brain damage if they sustained an injury or didn’t get enough oxygen during birth.

Advanced neuroimaging

Can provide 24/7 availability of video EEG monitoring and the latest MRI brain scans to evaluate brain development and injury.



Conditions treated by neonatal doctors

A wide range of conditions that affect newborns, can be treated by:

  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
    BPD is a breathing disorder in newborns that results from problems with lung development in the womb.
  • Kidney failure in infants
    Improper development of the kidneys or urinary tract in the womb can lead to kidney dysfunction in babies.
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
    Tissue in a baby’s large intestine (colon) gets inflamed and damages the colon. NEC is more common in premature babies.
  • Neonatal seizures
    Babies may have seizures after birth due to brain injuries, bleeding inside the brain, low oxygen levels or other causes.
  • Pediatric congenital heart disease
    Problems with the structure or function of a baby's heart can affect the way the heart pumps blood out to the rest of the body.

Schedule your appointment

Call (314) 362-9355 or (800) 392-0936 to schedule your appointment with a neonatologist.

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