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Diagnosis & Treatment

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) offers a full range diagnostic and treatment capabilities tailored to the unique needs of newborns. These include:

  • Diagnostic imaging, including non-sedated MRI
  • Rapid lab testing
  • Enteral and parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • All forms of respiratory support including non-invasive continuous positive airway pressure (conventional ventilation), high-frequency oscillatory ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide
  • Therapeutic hypothermia, which involves temporarily reducing a newborn’s body temperature in order to slow disease progression and improve long-term neurological outcomes in infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Surgical repair of congenital heart defects by Maine’s only pediatric cardiac surgeon
  • Surgical repair of neurological conditions by Maine’s only pediatric neurosurgeon
  • Minimally invasive repair of congenital heart defects by Maine’s only pediatric interventional cardiologist
  • Access to the full range of other pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty expertise found only at BBCH

NICU Amenities & Resources

For parents whose newborn is hospitalized, BBCH offers an array of thoughtful services, amenities and resources:

  • All private NICU and Continuing Care Nursery rooms, each with a pull-out couch or chair so parents can stay overnight
  • Parent invitation to participate in daily rounds to ensure that they are informed about their baby’s condition and involved in treatment decisions.
  • Flexible visiting hours
  • A dedicated March of Dimes family support person who visits each mom whose newborn is in the NICU to provide support and education
  • Alternative therapies, including osteopathic manipulation and Reiki, to promote wellness and healing
  • Amenities include a spacious, well-appointed lounge along with kitchen facilities, laundry and showers