Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our Approach

Learning that your baby needs specialized care is stressful. We provide advanced care for our smallest patients that is centered around the needs of your family. Our staff will clearly explain your baby’s situation, answer questions, and keep you informed about your baby’s condition.

Experienced, innovative care around the clock

Our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are staffed 24 hours a day by specially trained registered nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners. They work in partnership with board-certified neonatologists.

Woodwinds Health Campus offers a special care nursery designed for infants who are born up to six weeks prematurely or need extra care after birth.

Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Ridges Hospital each support a Level III NICU that cares for infants born at 30 weeks gestation or greater.

HealthEast St. John's Hospital’s Level IIIa NICU cares for babies who are premature (28 weeks gestation or greater) or who need extra medical care after birth. St. John’s uses a holistic developmental model of care that complements your baby’s care with healing arts.

If more specialized care is needed, your baby will be transported to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The NICU at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is a Level IV NICU, the highest level of neonatal care available.

During your baby's stay in the NICU, the nurses will explain the monitors, tests, and other equipment. We'll also give you constant updates and suggest ways you can bond with your baby while he or she is in the hospital.