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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Seamlessly integrated into the warm, family-friendly environment, our Level III NICU ensures that babies born prematurely or with serious illnesses need not be separated from their parents to get the specialized medical care they need. Parents and baby can stay together in a comfortable, private room and receive compassionate, expert care from some of the best board-certified neonatologists and specialists in Chicago. At the NCH NICU, you’ll find:

  • A state-accredited facility that cares for premature newborns and critically ill infants of any gestational age.
  • Board-certified neonatologists from the Chicagoland Children’s Health Alliance and specially trained neonatal nurses who provide 24-hour, on-site expert care to special care newborns.
  • Common surgeries for conditions like patent ductus arteriosus or PDA that can be performed right in the NICU by expert pediatric cardiovascular surgeons and general surgeons from Lurie Children’s.
  • The latest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies.
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians or perinatologists from NorthShore University HealthSystem work with the attending obstetricians and neonatologists to provide the best care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies.
  • Private NICU rooms for baby and family equipped with the latest medical technology, maximizing mother-baby safety and security.
  • Advanced baby beds designed to reduce stress on premature babies.
  • A social worker and discharge planner who help families prepare to go home with their infant when the time comes.
  • Leading pediatric specialists, including pediatric surgeons, neonatal respiratory therapists and a neonatal pharmacist, who are available for consultations around the clock.
Neonatal Development Follow-Up Clinic
  • NCH’s Neonatal Developmental Services team assesses babies in the NICU and after discharge for progress in growth and development.
  • The Neonatal Developmental Services team consists of a neonatologist, nurse and occupational therapist, speech therapist and physical therapist.
  • The team focuses on care for babies who were born prematurely or had other challenges.
  • Referrals are made for additional therapies, if needed.
NICU Visiting Hours
  • Parents may visit any time and are able to stay the night with their baby if they wish.
  • Family and friends are welcome but must be accompanied or approved to visit by a parent.
  • A sibling of the newborn may visit anytime during the daytime hours as long as he or she is healthy and accompanied by a parent.
  • For safety reasons, minors (including siblings) are not permitted to stay overnight.
  • All visitors must be free of any signs of illness.
NCH Labor & Delivery Tour

Join us for a virtual tour of a labor and delivery room, C-section surgical suite, women and infant’s unit and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Click here to read the information usually covered during an in-person tour.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Treatment Locations
NCH Hospital and Emergency Department
NCH Hospital and Emergency Department

800 W. Central Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60005


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