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Neonatology Services

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides comprehensive neonatal services and innovative technology not available anywhere else in the state. As a Level 4 referral center, we offer the highest level of care to the youngest neonatal infants requiring the most advanced interventions.

Perinatal Fetal Center

The Riley at IU Health Perinatal Fetal Center is made up of a multidisciplinary team of our neonatologists (newborn specialists) and maternal fetal medicine specialists (doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancies) and pediatric sub-specialists collaborating to provide the best possible outcome for expecting parents. We work together to coordinate high-risk delivery support, bringing on board neonatologists and pediatric surgeons who may be needed during or immediately following delivery. We also offer genetic testing, with medical geneticists and genetic counselors available to provide information and support both before and after delivery.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)  

The Riley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at IU Health provides the highest level of care available for preterm infants needing specialized treatment options. Around-the-clock care is available with 24/7 staffing by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and surgical sub-specialists in every field. Our 60-bed unit is home to all of the following life-saving treatment services:

  • Neonatal cardiac surgery
  • Ventilation management, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) newborn heart and lung bypass and high-frequency jet ventilation to help infants breathe without stressing the lungs
  • Whole-body cooling for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a complication that occurs when there is a reduced level of oxygen or blood flow to the baby's brain or body
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Dialysis
  • Evolving programs including a dedicated neonatal neurology and neurosurgery  and neonatal congenital heart disease service line programs
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Home ventilation care for babies who must go home with breathing assistance
  • Metabolic regulation
  • Newborn follow-up program including consultation with developmental neonatologists
  • Pediatric surgery, including all subspecialties such as neurosurgery, ENT surgery and urology
  • Pulmonary sleep studies
  • Sleep studies with pediatric pulmonologists for difficult pulmonary cases
  • Surfactant replacement therapy

Mobile ICU Transport Units     

Advanced Mobile ICU Transport Units bring critically ill newborn infants from anywhere in Indiana and surrounding states to the Riley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at IU Health. Each ICU Transport Unit is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by a pediatrician, nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner trained in the care of critically ill infants. 

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