Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Austin, Texas

After they are born, some babies need extra care. In these cases, our hospital offers a NICU, which is staffed with highly trained medical teams who specialize in the treatment of premature and ill newborn babies. Our family-focused approach to care provides mothers, babies and families with a warm and safe environment to help your child heal.

For more information about our NICU, call us at (512) 901-1000.

What is a NICU?

A NICU (sometimes referred to as an "intensive care nursery") offers advanced services for infants that need higher levels of care after labor and delivery. They are staffed by neonatal clinicians and equipped with specialized medical equipment, such as incubators. Your baby may need to be admitted to a NICU if they have neonatal surgery, are born prematurely or have certain congenital defects or medical conditions.

NICUs are designated as various "levels" depending on the type of care they can provide. Levels range from I (basic care) to Level IV (advanced care). Regardless of the level, the goal of a NICU is to help your baby get well as quickly as possible.

Our Level III NICU

Our Level III NICU offers:

  • Advanced imaging procedures
  • Continued life support
  • Critical medical and surgical care
  • Pediatric medical subspecialties
  • Respiratory support

Expert NICU team

To ensure your infant receives high-quality care, our NICU is staffed by a wide range of specialists, including:

  • Board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialists
  • Cardiologists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric surgeons

Neonatal/maternal transport team

Our neonatal/maternal transport team is available to transport high-risk expectant mothers prior to giving birth. Additionally, this team is available to transport high-risk babies that need a higher level of care. The neonatal/maternal transport team is on call 24/7 to transport via air or ambulance, to ensure both mother and baby receive prompt care.

Ronald McDonald Family Room

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a place of care and comfort for families with children in the NICU. The room provides a convenient and healing place to rest, knowing your child is close by.

NICU at St. David's HealthCare

The neonatal intensive care unit provides critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.

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