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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
As the only hospital in the region offering Level III Perinatal Services, Carle neonatologists, obstetricians, nurses and other experts  staff our 48-bed NICU 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our 10,000-square-foot unit gives families privacy and comfort. We also provide a lounge for families and space for "rooming-in," where parents can stay overnight with their babies to transition to caring for them before heading home.

Serving more than 500 babies per year, our NICU staff uses state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostics to continually monitor and treat newborns. Whether your baby stays with us for a few days, weeks or even months, we understand the NICU can be a scary place. Our team will work closely with you to care for your child and answer any questions you may have.

NICU and Maternal Transport Team
Carle transports premature and critically ill newborns to our Level III NICU via air and ground ambulance. Our NICU transport team features highly trained nurses and respiratory therapists who specialize in neonatal care.

Carle also transports high-risk expectant and new mothers. Our transport team is specially trained to continue medication and treatment during transport. When expectant mothers are not stable enough to be moved, the NICU transport team travels to them for the safest possible delivery.

All transport teams are on-call 24/7.


Carle’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is happy to be the first in Illinois to offer the NICVIEW™ Web Camera System. These live streaming cameras allow parents with up to 24/7 viewing of their baby while he or she is in the NICU.

This enables parents to see their baby even when they are not on site and allows other family members who live far away, siblings that are not able to enter the NICU or deployed parents to view and bond with Baby from afar. NICVIEW™ cameras are protected by encrypted transmission and are only accessible to specified users using passwords issued by the NICU.

This service is generously funded by Carle Center for Philanthropy.


Helpful Hints for Parents

Newborn Baby Photos


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With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.


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