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About the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

About the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The 14-bed, state-of-the-art Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, provides care for premature and full-term neonatal infants requiring complex surgical interventions and/or subspecialty medical care.

Typically, such babies are born with multiple, severe health problems and/or require immediate surgery to survive.

The Level IV NICU is designed to provide optimal healing for the baby and maximum comfort and convenience for the family during what can be a very stressful time.

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Special Features of the NICU

Each family’s room is totally private, and includes a reclining rocker, private parental bath and shower, a couch that converts into a sleep bed, plus in-hospital access to a family kitchen and laundry facilities. Other highlights of the NICU include:

  • “Virtual visiting” allowing mothers who may still be in their birthing hospital to see their baby on a screen. Learn more about our NICU's Telemedicine Program
  • A state-of-the-art “milk lab” where dedicated milk technicians mix, store and maintain milk for each baby to ensure optimal growth. Milk sources include mother’s breast milk, donated breast milk and formula.
  • An ultra-quiet environment featuring hallway carpeting and special in-room flooring and ceiling tiles – all designed to minimize sound that can adversely impact brain development in premature infants

Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Meriter Hospital

Normal and intensive care for newborns is also provided by UW Health neonatology physicians at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Meriter Hospital. With over 450 admissions per year, this state-of-the-art nursery provides the latest technology, including neonatal surgery, to help patients through the most critical phases of their illnesses.