Overview of Neonatology Program: High-Risk Newborn
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides state-of-the-art care for more than 700 infants each year. As a Level IV unit, we provide hope to preemies and babies with the most complex health problems. The depth and breadth of staff specialization is one reason Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's NICU stands out.
Parents magazine ranked preemie and newborn care at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin #1 in the nation in its 2013 Best Children's Hospitals survey. Our program also was named among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals report.
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Every family looks forward to the birth of a healthy newborn. It is an exciting time with so much to look forward to. In some cases, though, unexpected difficulties and challenges occur along the way. Some newborns have greater chances of complications because of conditions that occur during fetal development, pregnancy conditions of the mother or problems that may occur during labor and birth. These babies are called high-risk newborns. Some complications are unexpected and may occur without warning. Other times, there are risk factors that make problems more likely.
Fortunately, advances in technology have helped improve the care of sick newborns. Under the care of specialized physicians and other health care providers, babies have much greater chances for surviving and getting better today than ever before.
Critically ill babies with birth defects and those requiring immediate surgery and life-saving treatment have access to the state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital. The only level IV NICU in the state, our 43-bed facility cares for more than 700 neonates each year.
Learn more about why you should choose Children's Hospital's NICU to care for your fragile newborn.
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