Every year, more than 1,000 infants are cared for in the Neonatal ICU (NICU). As the only Level III NICU in North Alabama, our unit is designated by the state as the Regional Referral Center for NICU care. This means that infants born in hospitals throughout our region are transported here to receive critical, lifesaving medical care.
These infants are brought to our hospital by the Kids Care ambulance, which uses specialized equipment and highly trained staff to provide around-the-clock transport services for infants and newborns coming to the NICU.
To learn more about the different levels of Neonatal ICU and what they mean, visit our oHH Baby blog.
Caring for babies in a Level III NICU requires many clinical specialties. Our team includes:
Neonatal Registered Nurses certified by the American Heart Association’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Many also hold an additional Neonatal Intensive Care Certification.
Our unit is also supported by the many pediatric physician specialists on our hospital’s Medical Staff including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Urology. Within our team of clinicians, we’ve also developed a dedicated Small Baby Team with specialized training to provide care to our smallest, most fragile patients.
We support breastfeeding because of the proven health benefits for both mom and baby. This includes North Alabama's only state-certified infant nutrition lab, a dedicated area where many of our babies' feedings are carefully and securely prepared by specially trained staff.
You can make a lasting impact for every little miracle and family in our Regional Neonatal ICU — Purchase a leaf or butterfly in honor or in memory of a baby who spent time in this special unit. Your tribute will be displayed prominently on the NICU Miracle Tree and will bring hope to future NICU families walking into the unit each day.
Click here to purchase a leaf or butterfly for your NICU miracle. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help Huntsville Hospital Foundation purchase innovative technology and fund programs to benefit our smallest patients and their families.