Children's Hospital Colorado
Neonatal Intensive care unit (NICU)
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Neonatal Intensive care unit (NICU)

Our pioneering neonatal program treats the smallest patients at their most vulnerable, achieving the outcomes that affect the rest of their lives.

Level IV NICU Highest Distinction
1,400+ Infants Treated Each Year
Among the 1st to be Named a Center of Excellence for Neonatal Services by United Resource Networks

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital Colorado provides expertise, compassion and support to help you achieve the best possible outcomes for your newborn, you and your family. 

For more than 40 years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Colorado has been a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of critically ill infants. Our state-of-the-art facility, located at Children’s Colorado, provides 82 critical care beds for infants up to 3 months of age.

Our NICU treats infants from Denver, the surrounding areas in Colorado and a 10-state area. We have the only NICU in the region with the experience and technology to treat virtually any medical condition affecting newborns. Since we see more than 300 infants annually who require surgery while in our NICU, our providers have diverse expertise caring for an array of complex conditions.

Our doctors have pioneered many critical developments in neonatal care, and in many cases, were the first in the world to use new therapies, including:

  • Surfactant replacement for premature babies’ lungs
  • Inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pulmonary hypertension
  • Brain cooling for perinatal brain injury
  • Inhaled nitric oxide to prevent premature lung disease
  • Optimal nutritional strategies for low birth weight babies

"There is this undercurrent of hope that touches everything we do. It's the biggest driver for the team, and it's the most important thing we can give to families."

-Dr. Theresa Grover

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Children's Colorado in the news

9News

Celebrating Mother's Day in the NICU

Elaine Hungenberg spent Mother's Day grateful to be holding her daughter Adalyn. Adalyn was born at 28 weeks and has spent more than two months in the NICU. "When you walk these halls, you'll meet a million heroes every day," said Hungenberg. "A mom's biggest fear is losing a child or having a sick child, and these women in this hallway are living out everyone else's nightmare and they're doing it with a strength that will utterly amaze you," she said.

9News

Baby to Go Home After Nearly a Year in the NICU

Evelyn Steppig was born with omphalocele, a birth defect of the abdominal wall, and spent the first eight months of her life in the NICU. The Steppig family credits the nurses and staff in the NICU with keeping Evelyn alive and happy. "They loved our daughter like she was their daughter," said Salem Steppig, Evelyn's mom.


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