Parents magazine ranked preemie and newborn care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee #1 in the nation in its 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals survey. Our program also was named among the nation’s best in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report.

Every family looks forward to the birth of a healthy newborn. It’s an exciting time. However, in some cases, unexpected difficulties occur along the way.

Some newborns have greater chances of problems because of conditions that occur during fetal development, health problems the mother has during pregnancy or problems that may occur during labor and birth. Some newborns develop problems after they are born and require care at a specialized center. These babies are called high-risk newborns.

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 of surviving and getting better today than ever before.

Top-level newborn care in two locations

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in two locations:

  • In Milwaukee, our 43-bed NICU and 16-bed Progressive Care Unit care for more than 700 critically ill babies each year, including premature babies, those with birth defects and those requiring immediate surgery.
  • In Neenah, Wis., our 22-bed NICU provides critical care to premature and sick infants in Northeast Wisconsin.