About Cincinnati Children's

  • Helping the Sickest Babies, Striving to Prevent Preterm Birth

    Mia.Born 12 weeks early and barely more than two pounds, Mia received life-saving treatment from Cincinnati Children’s to help her overcome a devastating and often deadly bowel disease.

    The Mauncy family was able to take home three healthy triplets thanks to high-tech surgery that corrected a dangerous blood flow problem several weeks before the babies were born.

    These are just two of the many successes from our neonatology program, one of the biggest and most sophisticated of its kind in the country. We provide care to more than 18,000 newborns born per year at a dozen hospitals in and near Cincinnati. We also care for more than 700 critically ill infants a year at three neonatal intensive care units. We support the tiniest preterm infants and we provide advanced surgical care to newborns with the rarest, most complex birth defects.

    Our neonatology program is part of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s, which also includes our Divisions of Perinatal Biology, Reproductive Sciences, Pulmonary Biology, Developmental Biology and the Cincinnati Fetal Center.

    “What we do is motivated by our mission to do the best thing for infants and their families,” says James Greenberg, MD, co-director of the Perinatal Institute.

    Why We Stand Out

    • Our regional newborn care system is unique in the United States. By staffing all of the major birthing centers in Greater Cincinnati, we get a bird’s-eye view of the care provided to an entire community of newborns and we can introduce innovations at a wider scale than most other neonatology programs.
    • We are national and international leaders in developmental and reproductive research. Two decades ago, our studies played a major role in developing artificial surfactant, which has since saved thousands of preterm infants born with underdeveloped lungs. Our continuing research explores ways to further improve artificial surfactant, to study and develop stem cell transplant technologies that could help cure diseases before people are born, and to understand the many genetic and molecular factors that can derail healthy fetal development and set the stage for adult diseases.
    • Meanwhile, our new Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth leads a wide range of projects to reduce the stubbornly high numbers of children born too early. Our work includes studying genetic factors that may explain why some women are more likely to go into early labor to developing programs that work one on one with disadvantaged women to make sure they get the prenatal care they need.

    “We have a culture of collaboration that brings physicians from various disciplines into teams with nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, therapists and other specialty staff,” Greenberg says. “This culture also helps us use our research work to improve patient care.”