Neonatology

A physician caring for a baby in a crib

The Division of Neonatology is comprised of 15 staff neonatologists providing care to approximately 1,200 infants each year at three Ottawa centres: the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus and The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus.

Approximately 7,000 deliveries per year take place at The Ottawa Hospital (both the General and Civic campuses), which is the regional perinatal centre for Eastern Ontario. Many of these are following high-risk pregnancies, fetal anomalies that may have been detected in utero, and mothers who may have significant medical problems, pregnancy-induced problems or premature labour.

There are over 450 admissions per year to the Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU) at The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus (25 level 3 and level 2 beds) with 35 per cent being infants weighing less than 1,500 grams at birth.

The NICU at CHEO (20 Level 3 and 4 beds) provides care each year for approximately 400 high-risk infants who are born in the surrounding region of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec and are brought to CHEO via the neonatal transport team. Our facilities also provide neonatal care for the Baffin Island region of Nunavut.

Babies born in the region with severe medical or surgical conditions are treated at CHEO’s NICU while extremely premature babies are cared for at The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus. Moderately premature babies are treated at the Rich Little Special Care Nursery (SCN) at The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus (17 Level 2 beds).

Our multi-disciplinary approach provides the highest standards of care for our smallest patients. Dieticians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, family social workers and pediatric subspecialists work with the team of neonatologists and nurses that make up our division.

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