A top-level NICU

Reston Hospital Center's neonatal intensive care unit is a Specialty Level III facility, as recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Reston 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.

When a Cesarean section or high-risk delivery takes place in the Reston birth suites, the hospital has intensive care nurses, a neonatologist or a pediatrician on-call and present at the delivery to provide any extra support that may be needed

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

Meet Rhett & Wyatt

“They were so tiny and helpless. Every day, we came to the NICU to change them, feed them and hold them. We would rejoice at even the smallest improvements. We spent time with the NICU nurses and doctors. They became like family to us; they cared for our children when we couldn’t. After 3 weeks in the NICU, our babies were strong enough to come home.” - Tess

Family-centered care

Each neonatal nurse at 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 neonatal care team. Parents are updated on all aspects of their baby's plan of care by our accessible staff of neonatologists, neonatal nurses and pediatricians

Our doctors run a handful of tests and examinations to care for moms and babies after birth. We encourage parents to spend as much hands-on time with their baby as possible in the NICU. In that time period, 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

NICU visitor policy

Grandparents, siblings age eight and older and other well-wishers are welcome, two at a time, to visit the NICU accompanied by the new parents on visits to our special-care nursery, with the only exception being if they have been exposed to or have a communicable disease, entry will not be granted. We kindly require that the neonatal intensive care unit be closed to all visitors while our staff changes shifts from 6:30am - 8:00am and 6:30pm - 8:00pm, giving each treating neonatal nurse a chance to review previous health reports from before their shift and to reevaluate the health of the newborns and mothers, if necessary.

Prepare for your delivery

If you are at a point in your gestation where your doctor has told you to prepare for premature delivery, our free Consult-A-Nurse® team is available 24/7 to help you find an obstetrician in Northern Virginia. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in scheduling an appointment with an OB/GYN specialist, signing up for classes and tours of the hospital’s birthing suites, as well as answering any questions you may have regarding birth services and neonatal care offered at Reston Hospital Center. They can be reached at (877) 689-3627 (DOCS). For more comprehensive maternity care resources, visit the Pregnancy Center in our online Reston Health Library

Preregister for your delivery

Expectant moms should preregister with the hospital as they enter the seventh month of pregnancy. To save time, you can preregister online.