Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Norton Children’s provides the comprehensive, highly skilled care that your newborn may need. With a proven team of accomplished neonatal specialists, our two Norton Children’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are dedicated to caring for babies born prematurely or in need of advanced care or surgery.

We have Level IV and Level III NICUs available to provide your baby with highly skilled care. A Level IV NICU provides the highest level of care possible for newborns. Specially trained doctors, nurses and staff are available, as well as specialized equipment and tools to care for babies born prematurely or with medical conditions.

A comprehensive team is staffed at each of our NICU nurseries. The team includes:

  • Neonatologists and specially trained nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Clinical laboratory technicians
  • Neonatal nutritionists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Developmental specialists
  • Transport specialists
  • Physician assistants

The tiniest of NICU babies – born weighing 2 3/4 pounds or less – get dedicated care in the Norton Children’s Hospital NICU tiny baby unit. This 15-bed space has specially trained doctors, nurses and staff around the clock to focus on your child’s care. At about 3 1/3 pounds or 32 weeks corrected age, your baby will graduate to the regular NICU for continued care until they are ready to go home.

NicView available at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Hospital

Stay connected to your baby when you can’t be at the hospital

NicView is a camera system placed near your baby’s bed that allows you to view a secure live video stream of your baby. See your baby from any computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection.

To receive access to NicView, contact your nurse or physician.

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Collaborating With UofL School of Medicine for Your Child’s Care

Norton Children’s providers offer highly skilled care for your child. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care in the 21st century with clinical research and education. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Tours

In-person neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) tours are available to those who have an expected NICU stay.  Call to set up a NICU tour.

  • NICU tour at Norton Children’s Hospital: Call (502) 629-5835 to register.
  • NICU tour at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Call (502) 559-3933 to register.

Please view the virtual tour video of the Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital NICU. This is also a useful example of what to expect in the Norton Children’s Hospital NICU.

Classes for Parents Expecting a Baby

Ready for the big day? Norton Women’s Care provides flexible class schedules for expectant parents, new parents and family members to help prepare for all aspects of childbirth and bringing baby home.

Norton Women’s Care also offers a full range of childbirth classes to prepare you and your family.

Car Seat Check

If you need help installing your safety seat or would like a certified car seat technician to check whether you’ve installed it properly, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness offers year-round car seat checks. Visit Norton Children’s for more information or call (502) 629-7358.

Childbirth and New Parent Classes

Flexible class schedules to help new parents and family members prepare for all aspects of childbirth and caring for your new baby. Most classes are free. Register online or call:

(502) 629-1234, option 4.

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