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.
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)
"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
"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 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
"The care that we received from the doctors and nurses was amazing."Read more
New mom Erika Stupka appreciates "the little things."Read more
Locations and Contact
Iowa City, Iowa
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)Pappajohn PavilionUI Stead Family Children's Hospital200 Hawkins DriveIowa City, IA 52242
- Toll free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
Genesis Medical Center (Davenport)Genesis Medical Center1236 E. Rusholme Street, Suite 100Davenport, IA 52803
- Phone: 563-421-1000