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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)


The NICU at the Children’s Hospital, Mumbai is a 15 bedded intensive unit. We take care of the smallest babies weighing 700- 800 grams born very early in life and given them the love and nurturing they require to survive in this world. We are present at the births of high risk babies born in maternity homes and can transport them in a specially-designed transport incubator by a specialist to the NICU at The Children's Hospital, Mumbai if they require special care. We have state-of-the-art technology to keep your babies in the best health possible including:

  • Warmers
  • Ventilators (Avea, Siemiens, Inspiron, Vela)
  • Ventilator with Clieo (Avea)
  • CPAP and Sipap
  • LED phototherapy
  • Multipara Monitors and Apnea monitors
  • Facilities for total Parental Nutrition
  • Facilities for Blood Exchange
  • Facilities for Central line Insertion
  • Facilities for Neonatal Surgeries
  • In House Cardiac 2D Echo and USG Monitoring
  • 24 hour consultant level Neonatologists
  • Breastfeeding Specialists
The unit is built keeping in mind the latest technology with attention to providing facilities like Hepafilters, Central oxygen / Air / Suction.

We provide round the clock services of Qualified Pediatricians specially trained in Neonatal Resuscitation to attend the deliveries including LSCS as well as transfer of sick newborns requiring NICU Care

Certain neonates who are discharged from the NICU have certain high risk factors for which they should be monitored at a regular basis as they are at risk of growth and developmental delays. These babies need to be followed up closely so that any problems may be detected and treated at an earlier stage. These high risk factors include:

  • Gestation 32 weeks or less
  • Birth-weight 1500 gm or less
  • Severe IUGR (Birth-weight less than 3rd centile for gestation)
  • Artificial ventilation for >5 days
  • Seizures in neonatal period
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage grade 3 or more
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy stage 2 or 3
  • Jaundice requiring exchange transfusion
  • Developmental malformation of central nervous system
  • Neonatal meningitis
  • Recurrent or refractory hypoglycemia in neonatal period
  • Stormy neonatal course with neonatologist's concern regarding baby's growth and development

The Children’s Hospital, Mumbai has a weekly growth and development clinic for all high risk neonates every Wednesday between 11 noon and 2 pm. The baby is examined by a neonatologist and pediatric physiotherapist. Baby is assessed for age appropriate milestones and his/her growth is checked and plotted on a growth chart. At the end, parents are advised about baby's progress, areas where special attention is needed, baby's diet and further follow-up.

Dr. Marionette Pereira
M.D., D.C.H.

Dr. Susan Fernandes
M.D., Fellowship in Neonatology