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The Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides comprehensive care for infants before, during and after delivery. Our goal is to provide the best care possible for all newborn babies and their families. We specialize in providing care to newborn babies with health problems, whether they are detected during pregnancy, or are found at the time of delivery. By providing excellent clinical care to all newborns, performing research to continuously improve the care we offer, and training the future leaders in neonatology, the Perinatal Institute strives to improve the lives of all babies.
The goal of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth is to foster new insights into the biology of human pregnancy and pathogenesis of preterm birth to decrease the rate of prematurity and its complications. Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, director of the center, has pioneered the study of endocrine stress responses and the genetic factors leading to birth.
Learn more about the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth.
The Cincinnati Fetal Center provides comprehensive medical care for complex maternal and fetal conditions. The center offers the complete range of clinical and surgical services for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies – including prenatal evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to delivery, postnatal care and long-term follow-up care.
Learn more about the Cincinnati Fetal Center.
Women in high-risk pregnancies work with specialists to anticipate, prepare for and deal with challenges during and after delivery. Following prenatal evaluation and diagnosis, families meet with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, fetal surgeons and neonatologists to develop the best delivery plan for their baby. A full complement of specialists is present to assist in the care of both mom and baby at delivery.
Learn more about our services for patients requiring high-risk delivery.
Our Level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the highest level of care for babies with complex medical needs. A referral center for critically ill babies, the NICU is known for providing advanced therapies and treating rare conditions. Babies who need intensive care but do not require multiple subspecialists are cared for at Level III intensive care units at Good Samaritan Hospital, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Kettering Medical Center, where neonatologists from the Perinatal Institute Division of Neonatology manage their care.
Learn more about our services for newborns requiring intensive care.
After being hospitalized for prematurity, congenital birth defects, or other neonatal health problems, newborns may have specialized healthcare needs. Our Newborn Intensive Care Follow-up Clinic cares for babies after they are discharged from a newborn intensive care unit, providing families with resources and enabling babies to grow and thrive.
Learn more about our Newborn Intensive Care Follow-up Clinic.
The Perinatal Institute is as committed to caring for healthy babies as it is to caring for those born prematurely or with complex medical needs. More than 50 of our neonatologists and pediatricians provide 24-hour coverage at all hospital nurseries throughout Cincinnati. They also care for every baby admitted to the area’s Level II and Level III newborn intensive care units, totaling more than 2,300 NICU admissions each year.
Learn more about how we care for all newborns.
The Perinatal Institute’s comprehensive training programs provide physicians, nurses and other health professionals with many opportunities to develop their skills in patient care as well as in basic science and clinical research. Our faculty is dedicated to fostering an educational environment that integrates research knowledge with practical clinical care.
Learn more about the Perinatal Institute’s educational offerings.
The Perinatal Institute works with other hospitals, agencies and initiatives in our region to improve medical services for newborns and reduce premature births. Through outreach programs, the Perinatal Institute provides consultative services, professional education, and published positions on neonatal care to physicians and nurses throughout the region.
Learn more about our community outreach.
The Perinatal Institute is home to a broad array of research initiatives, all focused on developing a better understanding of the fetus and newborn and finding ways to improve the health of mothers and babies. We strive to integrate basic research findings with clinical patient care practices, encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration that advances the care for all newborns.
Learn more about Perinatal Institute research.
We put the needs of our patients and their families first. Learn more about the resources offered.
Dr. Muglia explains how six factors can increase your risk for premature birth. Read more on our blog.
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