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NICU / Neonatology

When a baby is born prematurely or with a serious health condition that requires intensive care, our state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) is located within the Family Birth Center allowing for immediate care of babies by an extensive team of doctors and staff specially trained to care for newborns.

Caring for more than 900 newborns a year, the NICU neonatologists (specially trained physicians who care for newborns) provide 24-hour in-house coverage at the hospital. Our NICU includes a team of Neonatologists, in-house pediatricians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and, respiratory therapists. We have direct access to full range of pediatric subspecialty expertise at BBCH, including Maine’s only pediatric cardiac surgeon, pediatric neurosurgeon, and pediatric interventional cardiologist.

For newborns who require less intensive care, there is our Continuing Care Nursery (CCN) a 20-bed unit with single, private rooms staffed by the same highly specialized team of nurses and doctors as the NICU. We offer exceptionally family-centered care that keeps parents involved and informed, and gives you a voice in all treatment decisions

As the region’s primary referral hospital in the state for high-risk obstetrics, Maine Medical Center cares for women from across the state who we know will deliver prematurely or whose baby will be born with a serious medical problem. Working in close collaboration with MMC’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, our neonatology team is in place around the clock to care for these infants with special medical needs.


Premature babies and very sick newborns face a variety of health issues. These are some of the most common conditions our neonatology experts treat in the NICU:

  • Prematurity
  • Respiratory distress
  • Respiration distress syndrome
  • Newborn infections, including pneumonia and sepsis
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Newborn surgical problems
  • Apnea of prematurity
  • Feeding issues
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye
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