Regional Neonatal Intensive Care
The Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at UAB’s new Women & Infants Center provides the best possible care for babies born too soon or who are ill. With 56 private rooms able to accommodate 63 babies, including special rooms for twins and triplets, the RNICU was planned around the needs of each newborn and their families, and has taken into account any situation that could arise. The Center also houses UAB’s Continuing Care Nursery (CCN), a step-down unit where families will also find 60 private rooms for the extended care necessary once a baby is well enough to leave the RNICU.
In the new Women & Infants Center, RNICU rooms are private, which provides the optimal environment for the important bonding that occurs in the first few days and weeks of life between mother and baby. Sleep space for a family member allows support for mom and baby to be right there in the room with them. Each baby is closely monitored by nurses who will care for them in their rooms, as well as from observation areas directly outside of each room, and via the most advanced, wireless fetal monitoring and patient telemetry monitoring equipment available. Since everything a nurse needs is at her fingertips, RNICU babies are constantly under nurse supervision, while allowing for family privacy.
In addition to nurse supervision, staff in the RNICU at the Women & Infants Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art communication system that allows one-touch communication with other members of the hospital staff, should an emergency arise. Appropriate medical personnel are able to respond to an infant in need within seconds.
Amenities in the Women & Infants Center are like none other. For families needing to spend weeks or even months with a sick baby, the hospital provides home-like family rooms complete with kitchenettes, dining tables, comfortable couches, 42” flat screen TVs and play rooms with activities for children visiting a sick sibling. Sleep rooms are also available with queen-size beds and private bathrooms with showers, better enabling families to spend the more precious time in the hospital with their baby.
UAB’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Services
UAB is part of an academic medical center, and our Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians (who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) have access to new treatments that are often not yet available elsewhere. These treatments can reduce the chance of a recurrent preterm birth by one-third to one-half. UAB delivers world-class care to the sickest babies in Alabama and the region. With a combination of state-of-the-art technology and a compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled neonatal care team, the RNICU at UAB is like nowhere else in the state and few places in the country.
In conjunction with The Children's Hospital of Alabama, UAB is classified as a Level IIIC RNICU, the highest level possible and the only Level IIIC in the state. UAB's nursery is distinguished from others for a number of reasons including its ability to care for babies with serious heart problems and other congenital anomalies. Also, unlike other Alabama hospitals, UAB's specialized neonatology physicians are in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whenever your baby may need special care. In addition to the RNICU, UAB also provides Continuing Care Nursery (CCN) services, providing extended step-down care for preterm and term babies with medical conditions.