Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU)
The Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the UAB Women & Infants Center provides the best possible care for babies born too soon or who are ill. Together with Children's of Alabama, UAB offers the only Level IV NICU in Alabama – designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the highest and most comprehensive level of care available.
The Center also is home to a Continuing Care Nursery (CCN), providing extended step-down care for preterm and term babies with medical conditions. The 120-bed Level IV NICU/CCN was built around the needs of newborns and their families, and it's well-equipped to handle any situation that may arise.
UAB’s Pediatric Neonatology specialists oversee clinical operations in the NICU and provide comprehensive care for babies using the most comprehensive and up-to-date techniques. Neonatology services closely align with UAB’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine services as necessary to provide a team approach to care when pregnancies are high risk, or become high risk, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes. Should your baby require additional specialty care, you will find comfort in knowing that, as a university medical center, UAB’s Pediatric Department includes top pediatric cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists, nephrologists and all other pediatric specialties who are readily available to provide care.
NICU and CCN 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 for parents to be right there in the room with their baby.
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 equipment available. Since everything nurses need is at their fingertips, NICU babies are constantly under nurse supervision, while still allowing for family privacy.