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Newborn Intensive Care

Top-Level Neonatology Unit

Reston Hospital Center's American Academy of Pediatrics Specialty Level III-A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides expert care for the tiniest and sickest of infants. Our 24-hour, 12-isolette unit is staffed by an in-house neonatologist (a pediatrician with advanced training in the care of newborn infants) and registered nurses experienced in providing Specialty Level III Nursery care for babies who need advanced care.

“Unless you or someone you love experiences having a child in the NICU, you have no idea what happens there. I have tears streaming down my face as I think of the most incredibly loving, kind, competent (and hilarious) nurses I've encountered these past five and some weeks.” ~ Sarah, Reston

Intensive care nurses, a neonatologist or a pediatrician attend all cesarean section and high-risk deliveries to provide any extra support that may be needed.

Our partnership with Children's National Medical Center, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C., means we have access to the highest level of consultation and care for critically ill newborns.

Family-Centered Care

The Reston Hospital NICU is committed to family-centered care. We recognize and respect the special relationship between families and their babies and believe mothers and fathers are important members of our multispecialty neonatal care team. Parents are updated on all aspects of their baby's plan of care by our accessible staff of neonatologists, pediatricians and nurses.

We encourage parents to spend as much hands-on time with their baby as possible in the NICU. Reston Hospital offers instruction and support for "Kangaroo Care" for premature babies–a technique involving direct, skin-to-skin contact between newborn and parent (either mother or father). Kangaroo Care has been shown to provide positive health benefits for both babies and parents, easing the feelings of separation and anxiety while your baby remains hospitalized.

Learn more about our skilled, compassionate care for moms and babies at Reston Hospital.

Visiting the NICU

Grandparents, siblings age eight and older and other well-wishers are welcome–two at a time–to accompany new parents on visits to our special-care nursery unless they've been exposed to or have a communicable disease. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is closed to all visitors while our staff changes shifts from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.