Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
In what might be regarded as one of UAMS’ best-kept secrets, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has an extraordinary history of caring for the state’s smallest and most fragile newborns.
UAMS is leading the way in neonatal care by providing private rooms for premature babies. Research shows that premature babies do better medically in a quiet, “womb-like” environment. Our new private rooms allow us to control the temperature for each baby’s needs, keep lights low and minimize noise. The private rooms also let parents be more involved in their baby’s care so they’ll be more comfortable taking care of their baby when they go home.
The UAMS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has grown over the past 10 years as medical advances have made it possible for babies as young as 23 weeks to survive. The younger the baby, the longer they typically stay in the hospital. UAMS has the largest private-room NICU in the state.
About the Facility
Our NICU has 64 all-private rooms, including rooms equipped for multiple births, reducing stress and controlling the noise level and physical stimuli. It occupies the entire fifth floor of our new hospital. Some of these rooms have a patient bed for the mother and others have a sleeping couch for a parent. Parents can stay with their newborn for as many days, nights or weeks as they choose. The unit is close to labor and delivery.
Offering documented survival rates higher than the national average, our new NICU also has a lot of new equipment to serve the needs of our patients. For the times when family members are not able to stay with NICU babies, we have an ANGEL Eye service that allows authorized family members to view their baby via a secure website to aid in bonding.
If your doctor has advised you that your baby will likely have to be in our NICU, we offer tours of the NICU facility before your baby is born. We want you to be as prepared as possible and to have a peace of mind about where your baby will be. You can call 501-686-8084 to schedule a tour. Tours have to be scheduled.