Neonatal Intensive Care for Your Newborn
When Your Baby Requires Neonatal Care
- You have a pre-existing condition -- such as heart disease, diabetes, or lupus -- that can impact the health of your baby while you are pregnant.
- You are at high risk of carrying a low birth-weight baby or you may carry a gene that predisposes your baby to an inherited condition that will require complex care.
- You are carrying twins, triplets, or more.
- Your baby is diagnosed before delivery with a congenital condition.
- Your baby was born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
- Your baby is diagnosed with a condition or disease at birth that requires immediate medical or surgical care.
We are available before your baby is born for consultations about conditions that affect newborns and the multiple aspects of neonatal care, whether your baby will be born at Duke or at another hospital.
Prepare for Delivery
We work with Duke perinatologists, obstetricians, and midwives to prepare you and your baby for delivery and the possibility of intensive care after birth.
Regional Referral for Babies Born Outside of Duke
Between 10 and 20 percent of the infants that come to Duke’s intensive care nursery are born outside of Duke and are transported to us for specialized care.