UAB Medicine

Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Tiny Delivery
Tiny Delivery

Baby Caleb weighed in at only two pounds and thirteen ounces after birth. Learn more about his story and hear from UAB Neonatologist Wally Carlo, M.D., about the high level of care received in UAB’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU).

The Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at UAB’s Women & Infants Center provides the best possible care for babies born too soon or who are ill. In conjunction with The Children's Hospital of Alabama, UAB is classified as a Level IV RNICU, the highest level possible and the only Level IV in the state. With 56 private rooms able to accommodate 63 babies, including special rooms for twins and triplets, the RNICU was planned around the needs of each newborn and their families, and has taken into account any situation that could arise. The Center also houses UAB’s Continuing Care Nursery (CCN), a step-down unit where families will find private rooms for the extended care necessary once a baby is well enough to leave the RNICU.

In the new Women & Infants Center, RNICU rooms are private, which provides the optimal environment for the important bonding that occurs in the first few days and weeks of life between mother and baby. Sleep space for a family member allows support for mom and baby to be right there in the room with them. Each baby is closely monitored by nurses who will care for them in their rooms, as well as from observation areas directly outside of each room, and via the most advanced, wireless fetal monitoring and patient telemetry monitoring equipment available. Since everything a nurse needs is at her fingertips, RNICU babies are constantly under nurse supervision, while allowing for family privacy.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine and  neonatology specialists are on-site at all times allowing for immediate attention to any issue that might arise with an expectant mom or newborn.

As a Magnet-certified hospital, nurses in UAB's RNICU are second to none, and patients can be assured they are getting the best possible nursing care at UAB.

In addition to nurse supervision, all staff in the RNICU at the Women & Infants Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art communication system that allows one-touch communication with other members of the hospital staff, should an emergency arise. Appropriate medical personnel are able to respond to an infant in need within seconds.

Amenities in the Women & Infants Center are like none other. Families needing to spend weeks or even months with a sick baby, have available to them home-like family rooms complete with kitchenettes, dining tables, couches, TVs and play rooms with activities for children visiting a sick sibling. Sleep rooms are also available with queen-size beds and private bathrooms with showers.

UAB delivers world-class care to the sickest babies in Alabama and the region. With a combination of state-of-the-art technology and a compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled neonatal care team, the RNICU at UAB is like nowhere else in the state and few places in the country.

Referral and Transport  
Babies born at facilities other than UAB often need the specialized care that only a level IV RNICU can offer. Your physician can refer and arrange a transport for your baby by calling 1-800-822-6478.

Learn more about how to refer and transport options »