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Intensive Care and Newborn Nurseries

Learn about our Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) and Newborn Nursery facilities, as well as resident responsibilities in those areas.

Intensive Care Nursery (ICN)

The Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) is a 30-bed tertiary care unit for newborns, the only unit of its kind in New Hampshire. There are approximately 1,200 deliveries annually with about 400 admissions to the ICN.

In addition to neonates born at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), a well-developed referral and transport service brings approximately 140 premature or critically ill neonates, as well as mothers with complicated pregnancies to the adjacent Birthing Pavilion and the Normal Nursery.

Residents do a total of four rotations during their residency: the first in the second half of intern year, two as a second year resident and their final rotation in the first half of their third year.

Newborn Nursery

Residents rotate through the Newborn Nursery four weeks in their first year and two weeks in their second year.

Residents act as primary providers for all babies admitted to the Newborn Nursery, serving as Nursery team leader, seeing babies independently and with attending in the mornings.

Residents supervise 1-2 medical students per week generally. The Nursery team works closely with nurses, lactation, and care management.

There is a great case mix of healthy term newborns to care of high risk families, substance-exposed infants, late preterm gestation, SGA, jaundice, infection risk, infants of mothers with diabetes, congenital anomalies etc. Varied rotational experiences include circumcisions, attendance at two community parenting support groups, attendance at deliveries, lactation consultations.