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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a specialized intensive care nursery for newborn babies born prematurely or with certain health conditions. UCHealth’s Level III NICUs are among the top facilities of their kind in Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, equipped to care for seriously ill newborns 24 hours a day.

Our highly specialized teams of neonatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and other specialists ensure your baby receives the best medical and nursing care available.

  • University of Colorado Hospital – Level IIIB NICU
  • Medical Center of the Rockies - Level II NICU
  • Poudre Valley Hospital – Level IIIA NICU
  • Memorial Hospital Central in partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado – Level IIIB NICU
  • Memorial Hospital North in partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado – Level IIIB NICU

Level IIIA nurseries care for critically ill infants and those born between 28 and 42 weeks. Level IIIB nurseries can also care for critically ill infants requiring complex cardiac and surgical care and those born as early as 23 weeks. All UCHealth NICUs offer the latest equipment and modern family-focused amenities.

Family-centered care

We understand the stresses that come with the birth of a baby who needs special care. Because you and your family are your baby's main source of strength and support, we follow a philosophy of family-centered care that nurtures the strong bonds between you and your child that began before birth. Our goal is to partner with you to achieve the best possible outcomes for your baby.

We encourage you and your family to take advantage of our support services, including:

  • Breastfeeding assistance
  • Sleeping arrangements near the unit
  • Support programs
  • One-on-one education
  • Coordination of services by a NICU social worker

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