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.

Why UAB

Nowhere else in Alabama and at few places in the country is there such a comprehensive team of specialists so well-equipped to provide care for high-risk pregnancies and seamless continuous care through delivery for premature and sick infants, as is available at UAB. Unlike other area hospitals, both Neonatology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists are immediately available in-house 24/7/365, whenever moms-to-be or babies may need specialized care.

In addition to being a Level IV-designated NICU, UAB is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-15. Children’s of Alabama is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-15 among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for neonatology. The UAB Women & Infants Center and Children’s of Alabama Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children are connected via sky bridges, allowing for seamless transition for newborns receiving advanced inpatient care at both locations.

UAB has consistently won the “Best Hospital NICU” in Birmingham and Alabama Baby & Child magazines' Parents’ Choice Awards.

UAB is a leader in research and clinical expertise that has produced outcomes among the world’s best. Its involvement in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Neonatal Research Network, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, and the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research means that NICU patients at UAB have access to the latest and most advanced care available at only the top places in the nation, sometimes years before they are available elsewhere.

UAB’s survival rate and rate of survival without handicap for all premature babies is among the best in the country year-after-year. Together with the extensive support services and amenities offered for patients and families, there truly is no finer place to bring a child into this world or to care for premature or sick newborns. Learn more about the services and amenities we provide by downloading the documents in the right column.

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Clinical Trials

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Neonatal Intensive Care. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information on clinical trials at clinicaltrials.gov.

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