Maternity Services

Neonatal Intensive Care at Capital Health

For nearly a quarter of a century, Capital Health has been the greater Mercer County area’s Regional Perinatal Center (RPC), caring for newborns who need extra special medical care that can only be provided by a regional center with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

We also help women experiencing high risk pregnancies, so they have all the support they need in place throughout their pregnancy, during delivery, and after. That means a dedicated team around the clock, including 24/7 in-house obstetrical, neonatal, anesthesiology and midwifery coverage.

When it comes to experience, our Level III NICU cared for more than 420 babies in 2015 alone and more than 70 percent of the Magnet-recognized NICU nurses at Capital Health have spent more than 10 years as part of the Capital Health program. 


Capital Health’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides care for the most at-risk and medically fragile newborns in the region.

Babies who are born prematurely, especially those 28 weeks or earlier, are at great risk while their organs are immature and still developing to the level needed for survival. Capital Health's decades of experience using protocols and cutting edge, evidenced-based medicine mean families and their newborns can count on our team when they need us.

Mercer County's only Level III NICU is part of the region's only state designated Regional Perinatal Center (RPC) at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell. The RPC includes:
  • 24/7 in-house obstetrical, anesthesiology and midwifery coverage
  • 6 board-certified neonatologists in-house 24/7
  • 12 Level III NICU bassinets
  • 15 Level II NICU bassinets

In addition, Capital Health was chosen as New Jersey's first site to house the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program. The Family Support Program provides information and emotional support to families of critically ill newborns being cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Capital Health is only the second hospital in New Jersey to receive Baby-Friendly status for its commitment to providing comprehensive support and education for breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

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