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At Children’s National Hospital, the Division of Neonatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of expert, compassionate care for your newborn baby. Our division, led by Billie Lou Short, M.D., possesses the top neonatologists in the country and has a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), administering the most advanced treatments to our tiniest patients. 

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Ranked Number One in the United States for Neonatal Care

We know that having a baby with complex conditions can be difficult for you and your family, and we’re here to support you through every step of your journey. Our team is uniquely qualified to treat your baby with the most innovative therapies available.

Highlights of our program include:

Ranked Number One in the Nation


High-Risk Prenatal Care

ECMO Breathing Therapy

Nutrition and Feeding Program

Special Monitoring for Brain Health

Child Development Program

Regional NICUs

Family Support

The Importance of a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

While most babies are born healthy, some newborns are premature or may have health problems, requiring care in a NICU. The American Academy of Pediatrics designates NICUs by the level of care available. At Children’s National, our NICU is designated Level IV, providing the highest level of neonatal care for the more than 800 babies we see each year. 

Our NICU has clinical teams who can take care of babies who need special surgery for birth defects and other disorders. Your baby will also be treated by pediatric subspecialists, specialized nurses and state-of-the-art equipment that can care for the most complex conditions.