The NICU is open 24 hours per day/7 days per week, but please refrain from calling the NICU during shift changes (7 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.).
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
3800 Reservoir Rd., NW
Main Building, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20007
The NICU and Perinatal Center at MedStar Georgetown is recognized as the only Level IV NICU with a birthing center in the District. This designation means that we provide the highest level of family-centered care--complete with advanced surgical treatments, transport capabilities, and outreach education.
Our NICU’s team works closely with obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine specialists, and pediatric medical and surgical specialists throughout MedStar Georgetown, allowing for truly comprehensive care.
We believe in the importance of providing babies and mothers with an uninterrupted continuum of care, spanning from before pregnancy to follow-up care in the months after delivery. You can find all of the services you need right here at MedStar Georgetown. Our seamless system allows your entire medical team to collaborate and consult with each other, reducing stress for you and your family and providing you and your baby with the best possible care.
Whatever care your infant needs, our multidisciplinary team is equipped to help.
In a family-centered approach, the medical team and support staff are available to help families during their NICU stay. We believe that you are an integral part of the care team and should be supported and educated throughout your time with us. For this reason, we will always encourage you to participate in your baby's care to the greatest extent you are comfortable to do so.
Because we understand how stressful it can be to have an infant requiring NICU care, we provide many resources to help you. The NICU has many family support services including:
The newly renovated NICU is one of the most comprehensive family spaces in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.
The Michael Smith Liss and Lauren Lamb and Lauren Elizabeth Lamb NICU Family Support Center includes:
These areas will allow your family the opportunity to find a calm moment and connect with other families going through similar experiences. We also provide two rooming-in facilities for parents/caregivers of NICU infants before discharge, as well as for parents/caregivers taking their infants home on medical equipment and medication.
MedStar Georgetown was the first hospital in the District to be designated a certified Baby-Friendly Hospital as recognized by the D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition. Full-service breastfeeding support including counseling, education, evidence-based management, and access to purchasing and rental of breastfeeding equipment is available for you in our NICU. We also provide pasteurized donor breast milk for mothers who have not yet produced their own milk.
The MedStar Georgetown NICU and Perinatal Center is committed to helping your infant leave the NICU healthy—and remain healthy in the months and years to come. MedStar Georgetown offers a range of specialty centers and follow-up services. These include a Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC), medical and surgical subspecialty clinics, and an Aerodigestive Clinic.
Our team is passionate about caring for the most vulnerable infants—both those under our care today, and those who will be born in years to come.
MedStar Georgetown is a leader in neonatal training and research. We have an active research program that contributes to the advancement of knowledge in caring for sick infants. Our Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program offers subspecialty training for future neonatologists, and our Neonatal Resuscitation Training Program (NRTP) is a training center for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals throughout the region
Central to our commitment of family-centered care, the NICU PFACQS is an advisory group made up of family members of former NICU parents as well as current NICU staff, all of whom play an important part in helping the NICU continuously improve. In this way, the group aims to promote quality, safety, and efficiency, and achieve the highest standards of family-centered care.
To learn more about the NICU PFACQS, please contact Marta Pernas, Bennett D. Raak Family Support Specialist, at 202-444-1653.
Parents of babies at MedStar Georgetown NICU's may ask questions of the staff at any time. Click here for some frequently asked questions.