NICU Family Support Center

NICU Family Support Center

For more than 40 years, moms, dads and siblings have been able to visit the Family Support Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to decompress from the stresses of having a seriously ill newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

Now in line with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s tradition of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—renovations will begin soon to create a modern, tranquil environment with easier access to the NICU.

A Newly Transformed Family Support Center

  • Lactation Room: A tranquil, spa-like lactation room for mothers
  • Family Lounge (pictured below): A comfortable room with kitchen facilities designed for eating, relaxing or spending time with other family members
  • Sibling Play Area: A play area specifically designed for siblings
  • Parent and Infant Sleep Room: A rooming-in facility for parents of NICU 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


This renovation is a priority and will enhance the family support environment so future NICU families may have a peaceful space to reflect during a highly emotional hospital experience.

Support our NICU!

Make a tax-deductible gift to NICU at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and help support our patients and their families.



Numerous naming and recognition opportunities exist to transform the Family Support Center into a tranquil environment for future NICU families. To learn more, please contact Dayna Kuhar, CFRE, senior philanthropy officer, at 202-444-2543 or via email at [email protected].

Quality of Care


  • High-frequency ventilation: Supports severe respiratory failure, with or without air-leak
  • Inhaled nitric oxide therapy: A treatment for hypoxic respiratory failure
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO): Provides heart and lung support for critically ill infants who are unresponsive to conventional treatment
  • Whole-body cooling for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE): A process to reduce the risk of death or disability in infants
  • Retinopathy of prematurity center: Retinal surgeons evaluate and immediately treat complicated eye problems of extremely premature babies

We are one of only three hospitals in the Washington, D.C., metro-area to offer a Level IV NICU—the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.