Neonatal care / NICU

The neonatology program at Children’s Minnesota provides clinical expertise and compassionate care for thousands of newborns each year, making us the largest high-risk neonatal referral center in the Upper Midwest. Parents and health experts across the region trust us to deliver top-notch care for babies who arrive early or with unique medical needs. And Children’s Minnesota neonatal intensive care and special care nurseries are conveniently connected to The Mother Baby Center.

The Mother Baby Center at Mercy is now a Level III NICU!    Read the announcement

Whether septuplets, preemies, babies with heart failure, or those that just need a little extra care, we’re here to care for all babies. And we’re proud to have some of the highest survival rates and lowest complication rates in the world.

One family’s experience at The Mother Baby Center at Mercy

The three types of nurseries at Children’s Minnesota provide different levels of care:

  • Level IV/III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): This is the highest level of neonatal intensive care. This all-hands-on-deck unit is where we monitor and treat the most critically ill and premature infants, and where our specialists are ready day and night to provide lifesaving care and respond to the unexpected.
  • Special care nursery (Level II): All the babies we see are special, but the ones in these units need constant monitoring and care, although their conditions are less critical.
  • Infant care center: This is our “step-down” unit. Babies in this unit are recovering and growing, yet have special needs in order to transition to home.

Neonatologists are always available, and additional specialists, including neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, specialty educated nurses and unit-based pharmacists, care for newborns around the clock.

While a child is in the NICU, we encourage parents to participate in daily observations and treatments. Parents can even sleep in their child’s room as every patient room is private. The quiet, soothing environment was designed to deliver the most extraordinary care and support for important nurturing and bonding. When their child is well enough to go home, we help parents follow up with their pediatrician to make sure their child receives ongoing care.

Learn more about Children’s Minnesota neonatal care program.