Together with The Children's Hospital of Alabama, UAB is the only regional Level IIIc (the highest level) neonatal intensive care unit in Alabama and the only unit in the state with full perinatal and CV services.
UAB is one of the original eight National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) research sites commissioned in 1986 and is the only facility in the country involved in all three of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research initiatives for maternal, child and family health, including the Neonatal Research Network, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, and the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research. Involvement in these networks means that NICU patients at UAB have access to the latest and most advanced care available at only the top places in the U.S. years before they are available elsewhere.
UAB has 56 RNICU beds (42 Neonatal and 14 Cardiac) and 70 CCN beds.
UAB is one of only 17 NIH Neonatal Research Network Centers in the country, enabling us to offer the latest in cutting edge advances in neonatology.
The RNICU treats approximately 1,500 babies every year, with 80 percent of those babies born at UAB.
The RNICU staff boasts 17 neonatologists, all board certified in Neonatology, Magnet-certified nurses, as well as many other related health professionals such as respiratory therapists and pharmacists, among others.
UAB has the one of the lowest rates of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), sometimes called chronic lung disease, in the NIH network, and was selected by the NIH to be a national benchmark center for BPD.
UAB has one of the lowest rates of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in the country. ROP is a potentially blinding eye disorder.
UAB has one of the lowest rates of neurodevelopmental impairment/death for NICUs in the country.
With our state-of-the-art CO2 monitoring equipment, we can more closely monitor premature babies' CO2 intake, greatly reducing the need for and accompanying risk of surgery for Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and surgical repair. This equipment is the only one of its kind in the state.
UAB's survival rate for all premature babies significantly exceeds the national average, as does its rate for survival without apparent mental, auditory, and visual disabilities.
UAB is the only NICU in the state with neonatologists available in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
UAB has a Neonatal Follow-up program that follows neonates for two years after birth.