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Neonatology: Critical Care for Infants


Neonatology: Critical Care for Infants

Our NICU is the region’s most advanced neonatal intensive care unit and serves as a referral center for premature and sick newborns. 

Years of experience and ongoing training prepare us to stabilize newborns with life-threatening conditions, treat infections and breathing problems, care for premature infants and coordinate care of infants with surgical or other complex needs.

Our 51-bed NICU is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We're located on the hospital's 7th floor and provide the latest diagnostics and treatment options for premature babies and sick infants.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: NICU

  • The birth of a baby is an exciting and joyful time, but sometimes unexpected and serious complications arise during pregnancy or after birth that require specialized care. 

    As part of UVA Children’s Hospital, the NICU gives you access to hundreds of specialists, advanced technology and current research around the clock, as well as compassionate and family-centered care.

    UVA's comprehensive Fetal Heart Program means moms with at-risk babies can deliver in the same hospital where their little ones will receive care.

Comprehensive Care For Our Smallest Patients
Neonatology Staff

Meet The NICU Care Team

Our neonatology care team includes: 
  • Neonatologists 
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Nurses specifically trained in neonatal care
  • Infant educators
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Infant speech and language pathologists
  • Breastfeeding consultants
  • Social workers and chaplains
  • Child life specialist to help families cope with hospitalization

Learn about our NICU services for patients and families

Parenting in the NICU

Playing A Role In Your Child's Care

When a baby is born prematurely or with serious medical complications, parents often feel helpless, overwhelmed and anxious. At UVA, parents are a valuable member of their baby's health care team and participate in the medical rounds each day in the NICU. We're here to help you support and care for your child. Learn some tips about taking care of your NICU baby

Care doesn't stop once your baby leaves the NICU. We continue assessments and checking your baby's progress as they transition into life at home at our Neonatal Follow-up Clinic

Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is so important to babies, especially premature and sick infants who need the health benefits breast milk provides.

Even moms who don’t plan to breastfeed are encouraged to pump breast milk, which has healing qualities that are unmatched by formula.

Some benefits of breast milk are:

    • Promotes growth
    • Digested easily, promoting the maturity of baby's digestive system
    • Provides antibodies to help reduce the risk of infection

Find out more about breastfeeding your NICU baby.

Schedule a NICU Tour

If you know you’ll need our NICU services ahead of time, you can meet with a neonatologist and tour the NICU before your baby is born.

We want you to be prepared and comfortable.

Call 434.924.2335 to set up a tour.


MyChart is an electronic medical record. With MyChart:

  • You and your doctor see your records and tests in one place.

  • It's easy for you to communicate with your healthcare providers.

  • Your UVA doctors to work together more efficiently to provide you with the best care possible.

  • You can ask for appointments online.

Access MyChart.

Make an Appointment

Call us at 434.243.5500

or make an appointment online.

Born at 26 Weeks: A Family’s NICU Story

Laura DeBoer was 26 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to her son, Sam. He spent 94 days in the NICU. Read his story about the family's time at UVA