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Division of Neonatology

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Robin Ohls, MD
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Kristi Watterberg, MD
Kristi Watterberg, MD

The Division of Neonatology is composed of an integrated team of specialists that provide compassionate, evidence-based care for critically ill newborns from around the great state of New Mexico and neighboring states.  The state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UNM encompasses 52 beds, with an additional 12 intermediate care nursery beds. 

Since its inception in 1971, the NICU at UNM's Children's Hospital has been committed to providing the best care newborns and their families can have.  In the NICU we offer family-centered care for our patients with the most advanced technologies for both diagnoses and treatment, including:

  • State of the art ventilator support, including high frequency and inhaled nitric oxide
  • Bedside radiologic diagnostic technologies
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Whole-body cooling
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) treatment
  • Access to consultation from faculty of virtually all existing pediatric subspecialties
  • Kangaroo and developmental specialty care
  • Exceptional nursing, dietary care and respiratory therapists

Our specialized group of Neonatologists offer phone consultation and transport from all areas of New Mexico and neighboring states.  We provide our out-of-area families with accommodations at Casa Esperanza or the Ronald McDonald house.  Also available are breast-pumping rooms, isolation rooms and pre-discharge family rooms. Newborn Transport Team
The UNM NICU offers premier prenatal consultation and support, partnered with Maternal-Fetal-Medicine, genetic counselors and Pediatric sub-specialists, as we understand that having a baby who will require special medical attention can be a stressful time for families. Special Delivery Program

The UNM NICU offers expert developmental care in the Developmental Care Program.  The philosophy guiding the Developmental Care Program embraces the concepts of resiliency, health, wellness, and development within a preventive framework. Periodic preventive intervention (assessment, family teaching and consultation) with the family is the primary form of developmental intervention.

Finally, as our infants graduate from our unit, we offer a nationally recognized follow-up program in our Special Baby Clinic, a continuation of the Developmental Care Program.

As a leading Academic center we provide education to medical students, pediatric and family medicine residents, neonatal nurse-practitioners-in-training and are the only ACGME Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program in the state.Neonatal Fellowship Program

In addition, we provide educational opportunities to health care providers from around the state either via tele-health, online modules, lectures of interest to your group at your hospital or here at UNM's Children's Hospital.  Neonatology Outreach Program