Premature and High Risk Babies
Neonatology refers to the care of preemies or babies who are very sick due to low birth weight, birth defects, heart trouble, lung problems, or other life-threatening conditions. University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is home to Iowa's Level IV NICU—the highest level recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This means that our NICU is equipped to care for the tiniest and most critically ill babies, offering the greatest range of neonatal services and support. In fact, we care for more babies, and more complex conditions, than any other NICU in Iowa.
Our survival rates for babies
born at 23, 24, and 25 weeks are significantly higher than survival rates for
extremely premature babies born at other U.S. hospitals, placing UI Children’s
Hospital among the top neonatal intensive care providers anywhere.
Few parents consider the possibility that their baby might need
special medical care after birth. Even fewer think about which neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU) might care for their baby.
One out of nine
mothers do not carry to full term (37 or more weeks), and roughly 100,000
babies end up in a NICU each year. We hope that your pregnancy and delivery go
smoothly, but if the unexpected should occur, here are 15 facts you need to consider.
A Doctor’s Instinct Saves Dylan’s Sight
Dylan was a preemie born at just 23 weeks , but thanks to UI Children’s NICU, he is now a healthy seven year-old. Read more about Dylan’s story.
Tundi was having a normal pregnancy - until she went into
labor at only 20 weeks. Watch Dexter's story.
Listening Matters for Mothers
UI study shows mothers with premature babies benefit from personal sessions with NICU nurses. Read more.
Preemie Beats the Odds
Noelle was born eight weeks before her due date and
12 weeks after her mother's water first broke. Read more about Noelle's story.
Sarah appeared to be having a normal pregnancy.
Then, at 26 weeks, she woke with the telltale signs of preeclampsia. Read more about Penelope's story.
Team Rushes to Treat Baby Born with Rare Condition
born four weeks early and needed specialized pediatric surgery immediately. Read more about Jamison's story.
Saving Mom and Baby
Halfway through Sarah
Tillberg’s pregnancy, it became clear something was seriously wrong with her unborn baby. Read more about Emery's story.
When prenatal tests
showed that Julie’s unborn baby was hydrocephalic, the NICU team began to plan
for Jack’s birth. Read more about Jack's story.