Intensive care for premature or critically ill newborns.

ECU Health Maynard Children’s Hospital is a part of the Vermont Oxford Network, the Neonatal Network and the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina, all networks focused on improving the quality of care provided to neonates.

With 50 beds, our Level IV NICU is staffed with a team of experts in caring for critically ill or premature newborns. Board-certified neonatologists and specialists, advanced practice practitioners, and specially trained nurses provide expertise, compassion and support to help achieve the best possible outcomes for your newborn, you and your family.

Our mulit-level NICU may also be appropriate for your baby prior to going home. Additional services and resources for your baby’s inpatient care include access to one of two Ronald McDonald Houses for the comforts and conveniences of home.

Visitor Information

To protect the health, safety and security of our tiniest patients, visitors will need to follow these visitor guidelines.

  • Check in at the front desk with the NICU secretary. Provide or show your hospital ID bracelet and driver’s license or other picture ID. Sign-in is required once daily, but please check-in at the front desk when re-entering the unit.
  • Complete a brief health screening.
  • Remove jewelry below the elbows, except plain wedding bands, and wash your hands up to your elbows with soap for one full minute before entering the unit.
  • Encourage siblings younger than 12 to visit between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Child Life specialists are available to help siblings adjust to this new family situation. During winter months, visitation is restricted further to help protect babies from dangerous viruses.
  • Limit the number of family or friends at the bedside to two people.

Additional Specialties

To enhance and support the clinical care provided in the NICU, Maynard Children’s Hospital offers other specialized services designed for the benefit of our tiniest patients.

Multi-level NICU

Babies who may require additional medical attention before going home are cared for in our 21-bed multi-level NICU, with private rooms where parents can stay with their baby as they finish their stay in the hospital.

Ongoing Care

Our neonatal follow-up clinic provides comprehensive and ongoing services to babies with complex medical issues after they are discharged from our NICU and until they are 18 to 22 months.

NICView cameras

Maynard Children’s Hospital recognizes how stressful it can be for NICU families to leave their babies at the hospital when needing to return to home or work. As many of these infants stay for weeks or months, NICView cameras provide the parents a peace of mind while away from their child with the ability to view their infant 24/7 from any mobile device. We are thankful to our generous Children’s Miracle Network donors who help support having a NICView camera at each NICU infant’s bedside.


With clinicians who are faculty members at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, we strive to stay at the forefront of newborn critical care medicine by engaging in various research initiatives and protocols to improve care. Visit ECU Physicians’ site for more information.