Neonatal ICU

Every year more than 1,000 infants are cared for in our Neonatal ICU (NICU). As the only Level III NICU in North Alabama, our unit is designated by the state as the Region I Referral Center for NICU care. This means that infants born in hospitals throughout our region come to Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children to receive critical, lifesaving medical care.

These infants are brought to our hospital by the Kids Care ambulance, which uses specialized equipment and highly trained staff to provide around-the-clock transport services for infants and newborns coming to the NICU.

Caring for these babies in a Level III NICU requires many clinical specialties. Our team includes:

  • Board Certified Neonatologists
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Neonatal Registered Nurses certified by the American Heart Association’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Many also hold an additional Neonatal Intensive Care Certification.
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Speech/Physical/Occupational Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Cuddler Volunteers
  • Family Support Program to address the unique needs of NICU families

Our unit is also supported by the many pediatric physician specialists on Medical Staff including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Urology and Pediatric Endocrinology.

Within our team of clinicians, we’ve also developed a dedicated Small Baby Team with specialized training to provide care to our smallest, most fragile patients.

Spending time with your baby in the NICU is an important of your baby’s care. We are proud to have an open visitation policy for parents and guardians. We also encourage grandparents and siblings to visit at appropriate times. Click here to view or download the Neonatal ICU Visiting Policy.


Huntsville Hospital Neonatal ICU video

Reunion Party for babies born in 2016

Breastfeeding in the NICU

We support breastfeeding because of the proven health benefits for both mom and baby. We provide a variety of services to help mothers provide breast milk to their infants including:

A dedicated staff of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants with advanced training in assisting families in the NICU

Mothers are able to breastfeed or pump at the baby's bedside.

Kangaroo (or skin-to-skin) care is encouraged as soon as baby is medically stable

Dedicated breastfeeding rooms and pump rentals are available for mothers who need them 

Free, weekly support group for breastfeeding mothers led by a certified lactation specialist

Free breastfeeding classes taught by a certified lactation specialist