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Neonatal Neurologic & Neurosurgical Care

The Neonatal Neurologic & Neurosurgical Care Program at Children’s Hospital provides evaluation, surgical intervention, and hospital care for newborns with disorders of the central nervous system. Specializing in neonatal surgery, minimally-invasive neurosurgery, and neuro-endoscopic surgery. Neonatal neurologic and neurosurgical care involves neurointensive monitoring and neuroprotective strategies specific for newborns. NICU-trained recovery specialists provide a safe and sophisticated environment for infants who have experienced a brain injury or have a congenital neurological condition in need of 24/7 attention.

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Why Families Choose Us

Early Neurological Intervention and Support

  • Because newborn neurological development is so important in the months immediately following birth, it’s our goal to identify and evaluate problems as early as possible—often during fetal development.
  • This kind of addvice planning allows us to intervene at the most appropriate time, increasing your newborn’s chances of success and ensuring that you have all the resources you need to cope with your child’s condition.

The Children’s Hospital Oakland Multidisciplinary Approach

  • All neurological work is done through the combined efforts of our Divisions of Neonatology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology. By bringing together specialized medical professionals at the top of their fields, the results are better for your child and for your whole family.
  • Most of our neurologic patients stay in the NICU until they're ready to be discharged, and we continue to monitor neurological development and provide long-term support long after your child goes home.

Specialized Neonatal Neurological Interventions

  • Children’s Hospital Oakland is one of the few facilities in Northern California that offers cerebral cooling for newborns born with asphyxia or a lack of oxygen to the brain. By lowering your baby’s body temperature, our specialists can reduce the chances of lasting brain damage.
  • Thanks to our research institute and medical university affiliations, we were one of the first California pediatric hospitals to adopt a new state-of-the-art technology, evidence-based care guidelines, and findings from the latest clinical trials.

Ancillary Support and Services

  • Should your child’s diagnosis be made prior to delivery, our pediatric neurologists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland are available to work with your obstetrician and family doctor. In addition to fetal monitoring, our transport services ensure your child is safely in our hands as soon after birth as possible.
  • As is the case with all our neonatal care, parents are encouraged to visit, solicit breastfeeding assistance, and play an active role in their child’s health.

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