A baby lying down in UVA'a NICU.

Neonatology: Critical Care for Infants (NICU)

COVID-19 Service Changes
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Our NICU is the region’s most advanced neonatal intensive care unit, and it's nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

At our 51-bed unit, on the hospital's 7th floor, we:

  • Diagnose and treat premature and sick newborns
  • Stabilize newborns with life-threatening conditions
  • Treat infections and breathing problems
  • Coordinate infant care with surgical or other complex needs

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

Newsweek has recognized our newborn and maternity care by naming us to its Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 list. Hospitals on this list are noted for providing the highest-quality care for newborns and mothers.

Our years of experience and ongoing training prepare us to be there for you and your child.

COVID-19 Restrictions

We've restricted visitors in the NICU to protect your baby, family, and our team members:

  • You can designate 2 visitors for your baby in the NICU
  • Only one visitor at the bedside at a time
  • A visitor may be at the bedside 24/7
  • Designated visitors may trade places only once per day; both visitors may only briefly be at the bedside at the same time
  • You can only stay in the space at your baby's bedside while visiting

If you have questions, talk to your child's care team.

Before & After Birth: Care That Connects

The birth of a baby is an exciting and joyful time, but sometimes unexpected and serious complications arise during pregnancy that requires specialized care. Our OB-GYN specialists provide prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies. Our experts in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology work closely together to give you and your baby a seamless experience and care you can trust. 

After your baby is born, our NICU team helps you access UVA Children's specialists while providing compassionate and family-centered care. 

What to Expect in the NICU

The neonatal ICU at UVA Children's provides comprehensive services for newborns and their families. Meet the team and learn about the comprehensive care approach that is used at UVA. View NICU transcript.

The NICU Care Team

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants)
  • Infant educators
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Infant speech and language pathologists
  • Breastfeeding consultants
  • Social workers and chaplains
  • Child life specialists, to help families cope with hospitalization
take a tour of the NICU

Tour the NICU

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.

Call 434.924.2335
Parenting in the NICU

Your infant's premature birth or serious medical complications can leave you feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and anxious. At UVA, we consider parents valuable members of their baby's healthcare team, and you participate in the medical rounds each day in the NICU. 

We're here to support you:

After the NICU

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 through our Neonatal Follow-up Clinic