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:
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.
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: