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 Stead Family 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 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 Stead Family 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.


Why Choose Us

With one of the nation's best survival rates for premature infants, the questions we're asking today will help us deliver even better answers tomorrow. One more reason we’re the only nationally ranked neonatology program in Iowa.


We're Listening


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.


Ways to Give

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.


Other Resources for Parents

  • Newborn Channel: Information for parents about caring for their baby in the NICU and at home
    (NOTE: Hospital Password: 02826)
  • Your NICU Baby: Information for parents about what to expect when your baby is in the NICU
    (NOTE: Hospital Password: 02826)


Health Professionals

Support Groups

Breastfeeding Support Group

Join us at our Breastfeeding Support Group to learn more about breastfeeding and have your questions answered. Led by a board certified lactation consultant, you'll problem solve with an expert and meet other moms. The support group is free of charge.

When: Every Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Iowa River Landing, Lower Level Room #0301 105 E. 9th Street Coralville, IA

For more information, email lactation-support@uiowa.edu .

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Feldman

    "The nurses make you feel like they are part of your family and that they care about your child as much as you do. The staff was so reassuring in some of the scariest times."Read more

  • Parent Blog: Shelby Schumacher

    Schumacher in their own words

    "Our family will forever be grateful for the care and love that was shown to not only Leah but also to her entire family."Read more

  • Konner Guyer

    Konner Guyer portrait

    Konner and his twin brother, Kolby, were born in Des Moines prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. Unfortunately, Kolby passed away when he was 6 days old. Konner was transferred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital for advanced care.Read more

  • Parent Blog: Jennifer Minteer

    Conor Minteer

    "The care that we received from the doctors and nurses was amazing."Read more

  • From a Thankful Parent

    Erika Stupka's daughter Evelyn

    New mom Erika Stupka appreciates "the little things."Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    Pappajohn Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator I, Level 6
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact
    • Toll free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Davenport, Iowa

    Genesis Medical Center (Davenport)

    Genesis Medical Center
    1236 E. Rusholme Street, Suite 100
    Davenport, IA 52803
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-421-1000

Care Team