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Premature and High Risk Babies

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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.  

Patient Stories

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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.


Born Too Soon

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.

NoellePreemie 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

PenelopeAn Unexpected Birthday

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.

JamisonNICU Team Rushes to Treat Baby Born with Rare Condition

Jamison was born four weeks early and needed specialized pediatric surgery immediately. Read more about Jamison's story.

Brynn IconBrynn’s Story

A routine ultrasound at 20 weeks brought alarming news for Brynn’s parents. Read more about Brynn's story.

EmerySaving 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.

Ty BuffingtonThe Will to Fight

Born 15 weeks premature, twins Ty and Lindsay were fighters from the very beginning. Read more about Ty's story.

Mason AllenMason’s Story

Mason spent his first 10 weeks receiving life-saving care in the NICU. Read more about Mason's story.

Lilah HenrySaving Lilah

A routine ultrasound at week 10 of Andrea's pregnancy brought startling news. Read more about Lilah's story.

Jack KoehnJack’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.

AlexisAgainst Impossible Odds

Weighing only 1 pound, 1 ounce at birth, Alexis was not much bigger than a block of butter. Read more about Alexis's story

Parent to Parent

Parents of NICU graduates offer their words of wisdom to other families. Read more Parent to Parent Stories.


  • Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa
    Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa provides donated human milk to premature and full-term infants in Iowa. Babies receiving donated milk include hospitalized premature infants, infants born with immunological defects, adopted infants, and babies whose mothers produce an insufficient amount of breast milk or have an illness requiring a brief cessation of breastfeeding.

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Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
200 Hawkins Drive, Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

In House Directions: Take Elevator I to Level 6.


  • Phone: 888-573-KIDS

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