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programs and services

Outside of the care provided to infants in our newborn intensive care unit, our team also partners with or provides the following programs and services:

Fetal to Newborn Care Center

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.

When problems are detected during pregnancy, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment is available through the Fetal to Newborn Care Center, a joint collaborative of Dayton Children’s and Miami Valley Hospital. The Center offers care coordination throughout pregnancy, advanced diagnostic testing, genetic counseling and advanced treatment during pregnancy and after birth.

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newborn follow up clinic

Infants with medical complications resulting from premature birth or other conditions in the newborn period that required care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at risk for having problems in growth, speech, sensory or cognitive development. The Newborn Follow-Up Clinic is part of our developmental pediatric program at Dayton Children’s and provides developmental and growth assessments for high risk infants up to three years of age.

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breast milk programs

breast pump rental

Dayton Children’s offers breast pump rentals to anyone in the community. Breast pumps must be paid for by credit card. Unfortunately at this time we cannot accept insurance. Renters can submit receipt for the pump to insurers for coverage after use.

To rent a breast pump please contact Carlene Nihizer at or 937-641-3040.

Before picking up your equipment please visit our cashier’s office located in our 1A registration area. This area is open M-F 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. After the equipment is paid for you will come to our newborn intensive care unit (NICU) to pick it up. Rented equipment will be charged each month to that credit card until it is brought back. The equipment can be returned to the NICU at any time. Once equipment is returned, the renter will receive a receipt and can send it to insurance to inquire about coverage.

equipment rental cost:

  • Breastpump alone: $56.84
  • Breastpump with a kit: $88.00
  • Kit only: $35
  • Baby scale: $58.93

breast milk donation

Dayton Children’s knows the value of breast milk for all infants and is a partner with the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank to help provide human milk for the sick and premature infants in Ohio. We work with area mothers that are interested in donating breast milk to the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank. If you are interested in becoming a donor we can answer your questions about the process. Contact the lactation consultant in the NICU at 937-641-3040.

To review guidelines for donating, mothers can visit or to start the process of becoming a donor contact the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank at 614-566-0630.

Those volunteering for donating breast milk must be:

  • Currently lactating
  • In good general health
  • Willing to undergo a blood test (at the Ohio Health Mother’s Milk Bank's expense)
  • Free of medication or herbal supplements (with some exceptions)
  • Willing to donate at least 200 ounces of milk (no requirement for bereaved mothers)

Donor breast milk is used state wide to help treat the tiniest of infants. On average, Dayton Children’s sees 50 very low birth weight (VLBW) babies each year in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Breast milk is extremely important for any baby, but for very premature babies it can be life-saving. Breast milk provides protection for these infants because it contains live cells, immunoglobulins, enzymes, and hormones.

regional breastfeeding services directory

Dayton Children’s is pleased to support the distribution of this Regional Breastfeeding Services Directory to assist health care providers to connect moms with services to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. We strive to produce the most up-to-date directory. If you identify changes that need to be made, please contact Carlene Nihizer, RN, IBCLC or 937-641-3543 ext. 4742

contact us fetal to newborn care center

Parents can call the NICU any time for updates on their baby’s condition. When parents call, they will be asked for a code they were given at transport or admittance to the unit. Parents should identify themselves by this code whenever they call the NICU. 937-641-3040.

Has your baby been diagnosed with a fetal condition while you are still pregnant? Learn more about how we care for families from diagnosis through birth through our Fetal to Newborn Care Center.

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