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Offering the smallest patients big hope

Advocate Children’s Hospital’s two Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) provide critically ill infants and premature newborns a second chance in a model healing environment. Both of our NICUs are designated as Level III nurseries, allowing us to provide infants with highly specialized care unavailable at many other area hospitals. In fact, our critical care transport team transfers more than 300 mothers and infants annually from other area hospitals to Advocate Children's Hospital for advanced care.

Although your baby’s medical needs require that he or she be cared for in the NICU, we know that you are still the most important person in your baby’s life. Your baby knows your voice and needs your touch. The NICU team at Advocate Children’s Hospital encourages parents to talk to, touch and participate in the care of their baby as much as the medical condition will allow.

Why Choose Us?

The multidisciplinary team at Advocate Children’s Hospital—led by a neonatologist who specializes in the care of premature and critically ill infants—treats a wide variety of health problems in our youngest patients.

  • Our NICUs have 24-hour visitation access for parents, allowing them to be with their baby virtually any time of day or night.
  • Each baby area is equipped with its own set of monitors, energy sources, medical and ventilation equipment and a bedside computer system for automated access to all medical records and reports.
  • The NICU at the Oak Lawn campus includes an intermediate care nursery, homebound unit with broadened visiting privileges and the Parenting Inn room, where parents can spend a 24-hour period learning to care for their child at home.
  • The NICU at the Park Ridge campus features a family lounge with a restroom, shower, telephone and television, along with private consultation rooms and breastfeeding rooms.
  • At the Oak Lawn campus, the NICU is located adjacent to the maternity wing at Advocate Christ Medical Center, enabling the division to provide its neonatal patients with the medical and surgical expertise of its pediatric specialists, while keeping the mother and newborn in close proximity for maximum interaction.
  • The Oak Lawn campus is a co-perinatal center with the University of Illinois, providing the highest level of care for high-risk women and neonates.
  • The neonatology teams on both campuses are committed to open communication with the referring physician or institution, ultimately transferring most patients to a community facility for continued care closer to home.
Neonatal Conditions We Treat

Our neonatology team takes a comprehensive approach to treating infants and newborns, working with a team of experts in various pediatric and pediatric surgical specialties. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Multiple organ system diseases
  • Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)
  • Severe prematurity
Services and Treatments

Our dedicated neonatology team takes a holistic approach to treating our youngest, most fragile patients. We work with the infants and their families to ensure emotional and spiritual bonding. Some of our services include:

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • High-frequency jet oscillation ventilation
  • Kangaroo Care (parent and child therapeutic skin-to-skin contact)
  • Nitric oxide therapy
Patient Education

Caring for a premature newborn or critically ill infant can be a difficult and confusing time. At Advocate Children’s Hospital, we provide parents with the support and education they need to feel confident and ready to take on these challenges. Some of our resources include:

Meet Our Care Team

The division of neonatolgy at Advocate Children’s Hospital promotes parent education and advocacy for the child, communication and interaction between the family and medical team and an encircled team approach from pediatric specialists.

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