Neonatology

Programs and Services

Johns Hopkins All Children's offers highly specialized care for infants, often beginning while a baby is still in the womb. Our programs and services support the health of mom and baby from in utero to birth and beyond.
 
Our pediatric specialists and neonatal surgeons diagnose and treat a wide range of congenital (birth) defects, including:  
 
  • Common and rare heart defects, such as heart valve disorders and single-ventricle defects 
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a hole in the diaphragm that allows abdominal organs to migrate into the chest 
  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformation, a noncancerous tumor that develops in abnormal lung tissue 
  • Esophageal atresia, a malformation of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) 
  • Gastroschisis, a rare defect of the abdominal (belly) wall, in which the intestines protrude outside of the baby's body  
  • Hirschsprung disease, a condition of the large intestines that causes difficult bowel movements 
  • Short bowel syndrome, a condition in which the body cannot absorb enough nutrients because part of the small intestine is not working properly or missing 
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula, an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the trachea (tube that leads from the throat to the windpipe and lungs)  

Neonatal Follow-up Program

We continue to care for your baby well after birth through the Maternal, Fetal & Neontal Institute. Our follow-up clinics monitor and assist with your child's physical and cognitive development up to age 5. Patients with specific health issues, such as congenital heart defects or neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), are grouped to receive specialized care in those areas. Learn More about our Neonatal Follow-up Program.

Early Steps Program

Following discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), qualifying infants may be enrolled in Children’s Medical Services’ Early Steps Program, an early intervention program for infants at risk for developmental needs.

Breast Milk Depot and Donor Milk Bank

Our NICU maintains a Breast Milk Depot for the storage, processing and distribution of mother's own breast milk for each infant. In addition, donor breast milk is available for our most premature infants.

Critical Care Transport

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s LifeLine critical care transport team provides round-the-clock specialized transport care to critically ill newborns, infants, children and teens from throughout the state of Florida. Our team includes nurses and respiratory specialists who provide stabilization and specialized support until a child arrives at our hospital to receive specialized care.

Lactation Education & Support

To support families while their baby is in the NICU, we offer several parent classes and activities to prepare those caregivers on how to care for their preemie before being discharged and going home. We also offer support groups for all pumping and breastfeeding mothers whose babies are in the hospital. Topics include: 
  • Motherhood 
  • Establishing and maintaining milk supply 
  • Pumping tips 
  • Separation from anxiety 
  • How to stay motivated 
  • Questions you forgot to ask lactation staff 
  • Anything you want to talk about  

Neonatal ECMO

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a special procedure that oxygenates and warms the blood, helping babies with heart and lung problems survive the initial few days of life until they can be stabilized.
 

Questions?

We know that you want the best possible care for your child. Our team is happy to assist you with your questions and booking an appointment.

Location

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
501 6th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701