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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 a 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.

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Ask Us a Question Do you have a question for our neonatology team? We want to hear from you.

15 Questions You Should Ask about Neonatal Intensive Care Units


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 important questions you need to ask.

Patient Stories

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Early Arrival

Flynn, born prematurely at 29 weeks, is now thriving. Read more about Flynn's story.

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Never Give Up

When doctors in their hometown “gave us a one percent chance that Dylan would survive,” the Holub family requested to be transferred to UI Children’s Hospital. 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.

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

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Neonatology Patient Information

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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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