Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

UT Southwestern Medical Center is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading centers for neonatal-perinatal care, teaching, and research. We dedicate ourselves to providing exceptional care for the most critically ill patients. We are also committed to the training of outstanding physicians and scientists. Through the continued discovery of new knowledge, we strive to improve outcomes for the vulnerable population for whom we care.

UT Southwestern has provided care for both healthy and ill newborns for more than 30 years. Faculty members oversee care in the newborn nursery at Parkland Health & Hospital System, where more than 15,000 babies are born each year. In addition, preterm newborns with lung disorders, as well as newborns with complex medical and surgical problems, are cared for by neonatologists in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Parkland's facilities include the first- and third-largest neonatal intensive care units in North Texas.

Our medical professionals care for a variety of complications in newborns, including:

  • Anemia
  • Birth injuries
  • Heart and heart-related problems
  • Infections and sepsis
  • Intestinal complications
  • Lung disorders
  • Neurological problems
  • Newborn jaundice
  • Pneumonia

Babies with special metabolic, cardiac, or surgical conditions can be transferred from other hospitals to the Children's Medical Center Dallas NICU, which is also supervised by our faculty members. Physicians are proud to work with well-educated and experienced nurses, nurse practitioners, and other well-trained health care professionals to provide the finest care with the patient's well-being as their first priority.

A wide range of additional neonatal intensive care services are available:

  • Multidisciplinary care teams with family centered care
  • State-of-the-art ventilatory support, including high-frequency ventilation
  • High-level subspecialty consultation
  • Radiology and other technology with neonatal expertise
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and anesthesia program
  • Fetal and postnatal echocardiography
  • Lactation specialists
  • On-site neonatal pharmacy services
  • Pediatric ostomy specialists
  • Video EEG for evaluation of seizures

What Does High-Risk Mean?

Babies considered high-risk have a greater chance of complications due to conditions that occur during fetal development, pregnancy conditions of the mother, or problems that may occur during labor and birth.

Some complications are unexpected and may occur without warning. Other times, there are certain risk factors that make problems more likely.

Fortunately, advances in technology have helped improve the care of sick newborns. Under the care of specialized physicians and other health care providers, babies have much greater chances for surviving and getting better today than ever before.