Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
With Aurora Health Care, all of our birthing centers have access to the highest level of care available for infants born prematurely or those with health risks. Aurora Health Care offers state-of-the art technology and family-centered care to support the health and well-being of the whole family.
Levels of Neonatal Care
Level III neonatal intensive care units: defined by having continuously available subspecialty personnel including neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists. Level III NICUs have the ability to provide the highest level of neonatal care to newborn infants with differing degrees of complexity and risk. Aurora’s level lll NICUs are located at:
Level II intensive care nurseries: are equipped to handle newborn complications with onsite 24/7 neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses who have advanced training and certification in newborn, high-risk care. We have immediate response to any neonatal emergency and are supported by on-call neonatologists 24/7.
Neonatologists: pediatricians with additional training in the care of newborn babies
Neonatal nurse practitioners: advanced practice nurses who specialize in the care of newborns
Neonatal nurses: specially trained nurses who provide most of the day-to-day assessment and care of babies in the NICU
Respiratory therapists: provide breathing treatments and manage respiratory equipment such as ventilators and CPAP machines to make sure they’re functioning according to the doctor's orders
Occupational and physical therapists: promote healthy growth and development of premature babies by managing proper body position, movement and feeding
Additional experts: pharmacists who prepare medications, lactation consultants who assist with breastfeeding, chaplains and counselors who offer support and care to help parents and families cope with their baby's condition.