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.