The Margaret M. and George A. Stephen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Comer Children's Hospital is among the largest in the Midwest, with approximately 1,000 admissions every year. NICU patients include premature babies — some weighing barely more than a pound — plus critically ill infants and those with congenital conditions.

Our neonatology specialists provide a high level of support for the most complex problems. Subspecialists in all medical and surgical areas are available at all times and are supported by hospital staffs with technical, laboratory and service expertise. We offer the latest in pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery and noninvasive cardiac procedures.

Our NICU features 47 designated tertiary care beds (Level III) and 18 convalescent (Level II) beds. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be provided for up to three infants at a time by a special group of ECMO specialists who supplement the NICU nursing staff.

Because you, your family and your child's health care team never want to be far from your baby, we have added these amenities to the area surrounding the NICU:

  • Visitor's waiting room
  • Breast milk pumping rooms
  • Computer facilities
  • Support facilities for nursing staff
  • On-call sleeping rooms

At Comer Children’s, parents are able to accompany their children throughout their stay in the NICU. In addition, the NICU is just steps from the Family Birth Center, a leading-edge facility located inside Comer Children’s. Having the NICU only a short walk from labor and delivery is a tremendous benefit to mothers and fathers whose babies are premature and/or have complications.