Conditions and services

The neonatology program at Children’s Minnesota has the advanced treatment your baby needs, whether she was diagnosed with a condition while in the womb or she needs special care after birth. Our neonatal intensive care units are fully equipped to treat the littlest babies with the most critical needs.

Here is a small sampling of what we’re experts at treating

Brain and central nervous system
Hydrocephalus, Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, Intraventricular hemorrhage, Retinopathy of prematurity, Spina bifida

Breathing and lungs
Apnea of prematurity,  Birth asphyxia, Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, Respiratory distress syndrome, Persistent pulmonary hypertension, Pneumonia

Gastrointestinal system
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Gastroschisis,  Intestinal atresia, Necrotizing enterocolitis,  Omphalocele

Infections (acquired during pregnancy, birth or early newborn period)
Group B Streptococcus, Listeriosis, Sepsis

Cardiac,  Genetics, Hematologic, Kidney, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,  Skeletal


From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens to adopting cutting-edge technologies — we never stop reimagining health care.

Services that set us apart

Because we care for the most amazing people on Earth, we invest in technology and programs that offer them the best chance at a healthy future. We have:

We’re able to provide life-saving care for babies with severe lung conditions, heart failure or other serious medical conditions through the use of our highly specialized ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machines. They enrich the child’s blood with oxygen and then pumps it back into the body.

A partnership between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health, the Midwest Fetal Care Center is home to surgeons and physicians who are able to treat — and often cure — babies with high-risk conditions while they’re still in the womb. Their expertise includes open-fetal surgery, which few places in the country offer, as well as sophisticated diagnostics and testing.

The only program of its kind in Minnesota, Children’s – St. Paul Neonatal Neurointensive Care Program treats newborns who have high risk for brain injury. A collaboration between neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, the program offers specialized neurologic evaluations through state-of-the-art technology.

For NICU babies, time is precious. Our neonatal transport team is able to deliver newborns in need from any distance in the Upper Midwest. They receive specialized training to provide the safest transfer of patients, which can be done by ambulance, helicopter, fixed-wing plane or our critical care rigs. Transport service is available around the clock, seven days a week — the neonatal team is equipped to implement treatments such as nitric oxide therapy immediately upon arrival at the hospital and during the transport.

This clinic provides you and your family with an assessment of your child in the months and years following their stay in the NICU. Through the clinic, your child’s progress is monitored at regular intervals. This allows us to assess how your child is doing and be able to identify any issues early on, before your child reaches school age, to ensure that timely referrals can be made to your physician and other specialty providers. Unique to Children’s Minnesota, the clinic also offers IQ testing with a clinical psychologist and sees patients up to five years of age. Read more about the NICU Follow-up Clinic.

Family-centered facility services

When it comes to fighting for a new life, we’re all in this together.

This is why we join forces with families and their own doctors to make amazing things possible. We do that through:

  • Our rounding model, which brings our medical team together with parents to make sure every step we take is a group effort.
  • Our family-centered approach, which enables parents to spend the night and provides a supervised play area for siblings.
  • Child life specialists, music therapists and pet therapy.
  • Financial counselors, interpreters and social workers.
  • Sibling play areas and the in-house TV channel, Star Studio.
  • Welcome and family services staff.
  • Private rooms to give brand new humans the tranquility they need to thrive.



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