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Learn how one mother’s high-risk pregnancy led her to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Level IV NICU offers lifesaving care

Every parent hopes their baby will be born healthy. But sometimes babies are born early or seriously ill and need the highest level of medical care. With the only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey provides lifesaving care with a gentle touch.

Newborns receive gold-standard services

Our dedicated team of neonatal nurses and subspecialty-trained neonatologists are focused on managing the unique issues of newborns like yours. With the backing of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, the NICU leads the way in delivering innovative treatments to our tiniest patients.

Highly trained clinicians staff critical care transport team

When your community hospital is unable to fully care for your newborn, our Life Lion Critical Care Transport team will bring your infant to our 56-bed NICU. We transport babies quickly and safely by helicopter or pediatric-specific intensive care ambulances staffed by clinicians and paramedics with special training in the transport of critically ill babies.

Helping you navigate complex pregnancies and fetal care

If you have an elevated risk for developing pregnancy-related complications or have been told your developing baby could have health concerns, your obstetrician may recommend that your prenatal care be provided by a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. We offer consultation, specific services, or care and delivery when both maternal fetal medicine and intensive neonatal care, including immediate neonatal surgery, are necessary.

The specialists at our Complex Fetal Care Center help guide parents expecting a baby with known fetal abnormalities and anticipating surgical or medical intervention immediately following delivery. A dedicated nurse coordinator will help you navigate each step of your journey with your care team, answering any questions and staying with you throughout your entire pregnancy.

Meet the Devine family

Caption: Learn how Dr. Jaimey Pauli and the Complex Fetal Care Center at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital helped the Devine family when they learned one of their twins would be born with a major birth defect.

Obstetrical care near you

Penn State Health offers a level of women’s health expertise and breadth of services you can’t find anywhere else in central Pennsylvania. Each one of our expert providers provides compassionate, experienced care through every stage of pregnancy, including delivery at one of our community hospitals and at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where obstetric and neonatal patients can access advanced specialty care.

Meet our doctors, view their profiles and select one that’s right for you.

Enhancing treatment through research

We’re dedicated to improving the understanding of disease mechanisms and to enhancing treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses through our research. Our researchers are seeking discoveries to help prevent and cure conditions, such as neonatal chronic lung disease, neonatal infection, COVID-19 infection in pregnancy and neonatal withdrawal syndrome. They also are focused on improving neonatal resuscitation and reducing needle sticks, pain and stress in babies with hypoglycemia through the use of continuous glucose monitors.