A pioneer in neonatal care
The Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology at Children's Hospital is ranked one of the top programs in the nation for the care of critically ill newborns and premature babies. We admit more than 1,400 babies to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) each year.
But our support extends beyond your baby to your family. We encourage you to ask questions and take an active part in caring for your baby in our NICU.
Our neonatologists provide services at Children's Hospital, Maury Regional Medical Center, Tennova Healthcare Clarksville and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
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Why Choose Neonatal Care at Children's Hospital
- Recognized care
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our Division of Neonatology among the best in the nation. We have been named one of the top 20 neonatology programs the last four years.
- Pioneering intensive care
Our Level IV NICU, founded in 1961 by Mildred Stahlman M.D., was one of the first hospital programs in the world to care specifically for preterm infants. We are the Regional Perinatal Center for Middle Tennessee. Our highest-possible state and national rating reflects our exceptional capabilities and expertise in treating the most complex problems facing our tiniest patients. We also train neonatologists to work in other NICUs nationwide.
- Supportive staff
Our NICU staff holds weekly meetings to support Family Voices of Tennessee, a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition that provides emotional and educational support to the families of children with special medical needs.
- Community support
We are involved with the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC), which seeks to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants in Tennessee.
- Expert care
As part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we offer access to the newest therapies developed from medical discoveries made right here. Vanderbilt is one of five neonatal clinical research centers in the U.S. awarded Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program (PROP) funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to investigate respiratory complications affecting premature infants. The NIH has granted funding for our center to continue tracking PROP participants through age 10.
- Family-centered care
Family-centered care means that you, as parents, play an important role in making decisions for your baby’s care. Our private rooms allow parents privacy with their baby and other family.