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Providing exceptional care for our regionís most fragile newborns


The Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit at Dayton Children’s Hospital is the region's referral center for premature and sick newborns, serving families in a 22-county area. Everything about this unit is designed to meet the special needs of our medically fragile patients—and help their families develop close bonds with them as they grow stronger under our care.

NICU team members include board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, staff nurses, a lactation consultant, neonatal nutritionist, social worker, pharmacist and occupational, physical, respiratory and speech therapists. Dayton Children’s physicians from 35 different specialties, including cardiology, pulmonology and many others, are available 24/7 to provide care.

Babies who come to the Dayton Children’s NICU are often very sick and need extensive treatment or surgery. Some were born weeks early and weigh only a pound. Working closely with families, we are helping these fragile babies heal and develop so that they can reach their potential after returning home. The survival rate for babies who receive care here is 99 percent, even though we care for the region’s sickest babies.

Did you know?

The NICU at Dayton Children’s:

  • Cares for more than 600 babies a year
  • Has cared for babies as small as 13.2 ounces
  • Serves families in a 22-county area

More about NICU

Fetal to Newborn Care

Specialists at Dayton Children’s work closely with physicians throughout our community to provide the best possible care for babies during pregnancy and in the early stages of life through The Fetal to Newborn Care Center, a joint collaborative of Dayton Children’s and Miami Valley Hospital.

Learn more

Make a referral

Phone: 937-641-4000
Fax referral forms: 937-641-4500, 24 hours
Toll-free fax: 1-866-891-6941
Hours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Download our fax referral form or make a referral online.



The Children's Medical Center of Dayton Dayton Children's
The Right Care for the Right Reasons

One Children's Plaza - Dayton, Ohio - 45404-1815