Level III NICU in Greater Richmond

All pregnant women have something in common—you want a safe, smooth delivery and a healthy baby. Even though most of us can expect a good outcome, complications can affect anyone. That’s why it’s important to choose a birth center that can handle any situation.

Chippenham Hospital provides some of central Virginia’s most sophisticated critical newborn care in our Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This designation means we offer a level of care not available in many hospitals. We can handle most complications on-site, without having to transfer your baby to another hospital.

Why choose Chippenham for neonatal intensive care

Whether your baby needs a little extra help transitioning to life outside the womb or was born with a serious condition, we have the staff and services necessary to treat the tiniest and most critically ill newborns—providing you peace of mind. We offer:

  • Top neonatal specialists. Our experienced team is led by neonatologists (doctors with advanced training in caring for sick or premature newborns). Our NICU also includes neonatal clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers and lactation consultants.
  • Specialized care for the smallest patients. We’re equipped to care for babies born before 32 weeks who weigh less than 3.3 pounds. We have the respiratory equipment and staff necessary to treat babies who have trouble breathing.
  • Comprehensive pediatric care. If your baby’s condition will require additional medical or surgical care later in life, we offer advanced pediatric care on-site, including emergency, hospital and specialty services.
  • Expertise in treating babies affected by substance abuse. We were the first in central Virginia to treat newborns with withdrawal symptoms caused by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Our maternal addiction program offers respectful care and support to moms, infants and families addicted to opioids or other substances.
  • Research-driven care. Our NICU is part of the Vermont Oxford Network, a worldwide group of more than 1,000 health care organizations working together to improve the quality and safety of neonatal care.

A high level of care for a wide range of concerns

While we can’t always predict which babies will need intensive treatment, we are always prepared. Our NICU team has experience nurturing and caring for babies with a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Complications during labor and delivery, including breech birth, lack of oxygen, meconium in the lungs or the umbilical cord circling the baby’s neck
  • Birth defects including spina bifida, Down syndrome, structural heart defects and gastroschisis (when the intestines grow outside the body)
  • Infections ranging from Group B streptococcus to chlamydia and herpes
  • Respiratory problems such as rapid breathing and apnea (pauses during breathing)
  • Medical conditions including hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures and jaundice
  • Exposure to alcohol, opioids or other drugs in the womb

Exceptional, family-centered service

Chippenham Hospital’s NICU offers the complex care your baby needs—and the support you deserve. Our family-centered services include:

  • 24/7 visitation. You can stay by your baby’s side for as long as you need. In fact, we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s care. We also welcome visitation with siblings and grandparents whenever possible.
  • A dedicated family waiting room. Our spacious lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave and wireless internet. You can catch up on work, spend time with other family members, find educational resources or communicate with your baby’s caregivers.
  • An extra pair of hands. Our Cuddler Program offers carefully trained volunteers who hold, read to and console NICU babies when you can’t be present. Remember, it’s okay to take time to care for yourself or your other children.

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