At the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health (CIMFH), we provide a unique approach for mother and child, a collaborative continuum of care in which we offer experienced, acclaimed medical professionals. We are here for you every step of the way — from regular or high-risk pregnancies, to childbirth, and on through your newborn's support and care.
To better serve your specific needs, the CIMFH features a partnership between two of the most comprehensive and medically advanced neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the United States. With 132 critical care beds, CIMFH’s neonatology capabilities assure parents that their newborns receive the best personalized treatment from day one.
What makes us different?
The Institute is backed by not one, but two NICUs — units at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital (both located near Denver on the Anschutz Medical Campus — one of the most cutting-edge medical campuses in the nation). These two leading NICUs are united under the umbrella of the CIMFH, building upon decades of combined research and best practices to offer advanced neonatology care and services to mothers and premature or critically ill newborns throughout Colorado and the nation.
This collaboration between medical experts from University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Colorado has created new clinical paradigms and practices in the field. Our neonatology teams are driven to not only provide excellent care, but they also work to advance and innovate patient care. In our academic center, research means taking promising treatments from lab models to bedside, and clinical trials through approval, allowing our methods to be duplicated and continue to improve the lives of babies through safe and effective treatments. We have pioneered many of the approaches to clinical care that are now used by hospitals around the nation and world.
Care designed for you and your baby’s needs
Based on your needs and the needs of your baby, we determine which care unit and team of expert health professionals will serve you (a decision often made in consultation with your doctor). We offer two locations, with one team of experienced and dedicated physicians.
The NICU at Children’s Hospital Colorado specializes in rare newborn health issues, providing immediate access to surgery. The NICU at University of Colorado Hospital focuses on high-risk pregnancies and treating premature newborns. Both facilities are staffed by comprehensive teams that include faculty physicians from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, nurse practitioners, nurses and other staff.
The NICUs at CIMFH are not only focused on treating complex conditions in newborns, but also on making critical research discoveries to change the way NICUs operate around the world, improving outcomes for mothers and newborns everywhere.
Neonatal Intensive Care at Children’s Hospital Colorado
In 2016-17, Children's Hospital Colorado was ranked among the top Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. It is designated as a Level IV NICU, the highest distinction by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Treating more than 1,000 infants per year from Colorado and nationwide, Children’s Colorado’s NICU cares for all pre-term and newborn infants and their families, making it the destination of choice for newborns with health conditions that require close monitoring, surgery and specialized treatments. The NICU works closely with prenatal surgeons at the Colorado Fetal Care Center (located within Children’s Colorado) to ensure the highest quality of care following critical surgeries for fetal anomalies.
Children’s Colorado is the first in the nation to be named a Center of Excellence for Neonatal Services by United Resource Networks (URN). Committed to providing family-centered care, the NICU offers a home-like setting, encouraging parents to stay with their newborns 24 hours a day. In addition, the hospital has received recognition for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®.
Learn more about the NICU at Children’s Colorado.
Neonatal Intensive Care at University of Colorado Hospital
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) is the largest Level III NICU in Denver, caring for more than 650 patients every year. Nearly one-fourth of babies cared for in our NICU are born at 23-28 weeks gestation and/or less than four pounds, making this the destination of choice for women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy , especially those with a threatening premature delivery. The NICU also specializes in the care of “preemies” and is proud of its positive and superior patient outcomes.
In 2014, the University of Colorado Health was designated for the fourth time in a row (the 27th hospital worldwide to achieve this) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® — the gold standard designation for nursing excellence.
Learn more about the NICU at University of Colorado Hospital.
Together, the CIMFH neonatology program is involved in many national and international efforts to improve clinical care. These include:
• Dr. Susan Niermeyer has led efforts in neonatal resuscitation and design of the international “Helping Babies Breathe” program.
• Participation in the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Consortium and Database to benchmark and improve clinical outcomes.
• Participation in national Quality Improvement collaboratives to improve the clinical care provided to our patients.