Neonatal-perinatal specialists at MUSC Children's Hospital provide services for term and preterm infants requiring Level III care, which includes high-frequency ventilation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Services are also provided for healthy newborns and Level II care for infants requiring intermediate care.
The neonatal-perinatal division oversees the High-Risk Developmental Follow-up Clinic and the Infant Home Monitoring Program Clinic. Lactation specialists are also on hand to provide support and education about breastfeeding.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals, including neonatologists, specially trained neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, radiologists, transport specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical pharmacist, nutritionist, educators and social workers. As a result, the hospital is recognized throughout the region as the premier provider of care for high-risk newborns.
Our Neonatal ICU has 38 intensive care beds and the Level II nursery has 20 beds. Each year approximately 2,000 newborns are delivered at the Medical University Hospital and an additional 12,000 neonates are born within our referral area. These deliveries generate approximately 900 admissions to our intensive care nurseries. Neonatal transports account for 40% of the total admissions to our Neonatal ICU.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Medical University of South Carolina is dedicated to excellence in the care of newborns and their families. Parents are active partners in the care of their infant and in the understanding and development of the science of newborn care. The compassionate treatment we provide is a model of effective integration of evidence-based, interdisciplinary and family-centered approaches.