neonatology service is the unit for newborns from birth until 28 days of life. The neonatologists provide complete services including:
- (1) Counseling for high-risk pregnancies during perinatal period i.e. from pregnancy until birth.
- (2) Normal newborn care.
- (3) Low birth weight and sick infant care.
- (4) Follow-up of discharged high-risk babies.
- (5) Evaluation of discharged infants who are hospitalized within the first month of life.
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU)
NICU is for the critical care of infants that require specialized nursing, medical and technological care. The NICU at Lincoln is accredited by the New York State Department of Health as a level 3 NICU. Care is provided for all sick infants other than those who require cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and ECMO (These patients are transferred to the regional perinatal center or to the Children's Hospital of New York Columbia-Presbyterian). The unit is run by a team of expert neonatologists who provide full 24 hour in-house coverage; and has support from all pediatrics subspecialists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social services and bio-medical services.
Neonatology Clinic is held twice a week: on wednesday mornings 9:00 - 12:00 nn and Thursday afternoons 1:00-4:00 PM. The clinic is staffed by neonatologists who take care of high-risk newborns and identifies their ongoing medical and developmental problems. These clinics are supported by other services and subspecialties (hearing screening, eye examinations, physical therapy and rehabilitation services etc.)
Newborn Nursery is integrated with the Maternal Service located on the 5th floor. It is a new, state of the art floor built in 2007. The design makes rooming in of babies with their mothers very convenient. Parental education is an integral part of the daily program in the unit. Teaching is done by the neonatology attending staff bedside so the parents are included in the education. Follow-up care is part of the services provided by the unit.