Support Services for NICU Patients

While our dedicated medical team is taking care of infants in the NICU, we also provide support services for parents. Having your child in the NICU because of a premature birth or illness is stressful. We have on-site emotional counseling, as well as places for all members of the immediate family - moms, dads and siblings - to visit.

Family Support Center for NICU Families

Several facilities are available to parents of infants who are in the NICU. They include:

  • Mother's Haven: a place for breastfeeding moms to express milk, rest and shower
  • Dad's Den: a room for sleeping specifically designed for fathers
  • Family Lounge: a comfortable room with kitchen facilities designed for eating, relaxing or spending time with other family members
  • Kiddie Korner: specifically designed for siblings
  • Nesting Place: a rooming-in facility for parents of previously critically ill infants before discharge, as well as for parents taking their infants home on medical equipment and medications. A nurse is available to supervise overnight stays of the infant(s) in this room. The Nesting Place also provides temporary accommodations to parent(s) who live outside of the area.

Our on-site psychiatrist and psychologist also provide family counseling as needed.

Lactation Center and Breastfeeding Support

International board-certified lactation consultants are available 7 days a week. The center provides full-service breastfeeding support that includes:

  • Breastfeeding counseling and consultations
  • Breastfeeding education
  • Evidence-based clinical management
  • A breastfeeding outpatient clinic
  • Sales and rental of breastfeeding equipment

The Lactation Center is available to all breastfeeding mothers. Learn more about lactation services

Make an Appointment

To schedule a consultation or an appointment with a neonatology and NICU expert, please call

202-444-TINY (8469)

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