2017-18 NEONATOLOGY Best Childrens Hospital badgePremature 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 4 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.

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: Anna and Derik Woody

    Piper Woody, portrait Piper was born with a rare condition called esophageal atresia (EA). Her parents Anna and Derik had no idea what to expect. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Jade Dix

    Eli Dix holding his growth chart "He is still small for his age, but looking at him, you'd never know he had to fight to live." Read more
  • Parent Blog: Shayna Boxleiter

    Amelia Boxleiter photo "We felt at 28 weeks things were going to be OK, but unfortunately there were many complications for what had seemed to be a perfectly healthy full-term baby." Read more
  • Knox Tysdahl

    Tysdahl family photo “People put clichés on teaching hospitals, they say they’re impersonal, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This place is incredibly special to us. These people are family.” Read more
  • Parent Blog: Skylar Hardee

    Skylar Hardee "Every time I hear someone say, 'I have an appointment in Iowa City,' I tell them, 'You're in good hands.'” Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Level 6
    • Toll free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator I, Level 6
    • 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Genesis Medical Center
    Suite 100
    1236 E. Rusholme Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52803
    • Phone: 563-421-1000

Care Team