What to Expect

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s NICU is a state-of-the-art intensive care facility dedicated to providing your infant with the highest level of care. Family-centered care means that parents are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in their infant’s room. Infants in the NICU are assigned to one of three patient care teams.

Every morning, your infant’s care team will complete “morning rounds” at the bedside, discussing your infant’s condition and changes to the plan of care. You are encouraged to participate in the discussion and to ask questions. If you are not available, your doctor or nurse practitioner will reach you by phone to update you and answer your questions.

Family meetings may be scheduled outside of “morning rounds” to discuss your infant’s progress and are periodically scheduled with other specialists who may be involved in your infant’s care.

If a NICU admission is anticipated before birth, our neonatologists are available for prenatal consultations and tours of our facility are available.

About the Unit

The NICU comprises the entire sixth floor of the hospital and is divided into north and south areas. The Admissions Pod is located in the south area and cares for newly-admitted babies. In all, the NICU has 97 beds for our youngest patients.

In the NICU, parents and family members are welcome to use our family education and waiting rooms, which are equipped with computers and televisions.

Who is on your baby's team?

  • Parents & family
  • Doctor
  • Nurse Practitioner or Resident
  • Bedside Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist (RT)
  • Discharge Coordinator
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Breastfeeding Consultant (BEST)
  • Nutritionist
  • Case Manager
  • Family Representative
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)
  • Consulting Specialists
  • Unit Leadership

NICU Visitor Policy

In order to maintain a clean environment for our kids, everyone must scrub hands to elbows prior to entering the NICU. All visitors must sign in at the main desk with the HUC or PCA. Please be prepared to show photo ID upon each visit.

Parents may designate up to four additional visitors who may visit the baby. Once listed, these visitors may not change or be substituted (for the security of the patients). We allow for up to three visitors at a time in the private rooms and two visitors in the admission area. Visiting hours for guests is 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. daily.

For infection control purposes, no food is permitted inside the NICU.

Parents as Partners

As a part of family-centered care, parents are encouraged to take an active role during their baby's stay in the NICU. As such, moms and dads are allowed to stay with their baby 24 hours a day.

Parking for parents is free throughout the length of their stay at Johns Hopkins All Children's.

Questions or concerns about plans of care may be asked during rounds, daily between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

We understand this is a scary time for families, and we are here to help parents and loved ones navigate through their child's care at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. In addition to NICU 101, we offer several classes and activities to support our families during this time.

Hands-On Time

"Hands-on" times are when nursing staff is physically touching and assessing a patient. Parents visiting at hands-on times lets them participate in the care of their baby. This includes taking temperature, changing diapers, and help with feedings.

Once the baby is medically stable, we advocate for moms to participate in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).

NICU Staff


The NICU at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is staffed by 12 neonatologists specially trained in the care of newborn infants with critical conditions.

Neonatology Fellows and Pediatric Residents

Neonatology fellows and pediatric residents are graduate doctors who are completing their specialized training in general pediatrics and in neonatology.  They work under the guidance of the Neonatologist.

Nurse Practitioners

The neonatologists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s NICU are assisted by a number of highly trained advanced practice nurse practitioners.

Registered Nurses

Bedside care is provided by a dedicated staff of specialized registered nurses.

Multidisciplinary Staff

Many other specialized staff are available to assist with the needs of our infants, including:

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • ‚ÄčNeonatal Nutritionists
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Services
  • Subspecialty Services
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Genetics
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Developmental Medicine

Additional Services

Neonatal Follow-up Clinic

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital offers a Neonatal Follow-up Clinic staffed by pediatricians with extensive experience in monitoring and coordinating the special developmental needs and additional subspecialty follow-up appointments of many of our NICU patients following discharge.

Early Steps Program

Following discharge from the 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.

The Breast Milk Depot

Johns Hopkins All Children's NICU maintains a state-of-the-art 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.