Neonatal Intensive Care

Stormont Vail’s award-winning Neonatal Intensive Care Unit blends advanced medical technologies with private, quiet, light-controlled environments to enhance your little one’s ability to thrive. Families can stay bedside with their babies 24 hours a day.


The world is already full of challenges for newborns, but when a baby is born prematurely, which is before 37 weeks, they are especially vulnerable because the organs and systems in their bodies, such as lungs, immune system, digestive system and skin, may not be fully developed. This can lead to life-threatening complications if newborns don’t have the right care.

Even when a baby is born full term, meaning they stayed inside mom for 39 weeks or longer, they sometimes face complications. Babies have to learn new skills, such as breathing, suckling and signaling they’re hungry. If a baby is not learning these things or gets sick right after birth, they can also spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Stormont Vail’s Neonatal Intensive Care team provides special care that helps premature or sick newborns get the best possible start to life. If you live in the outlying community, we have specially trained neonatal nurses who can help transfer babies

Infant Safe Sleep

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that around 3,500 babies die from sleep-related incidents in the United States each year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ill-defined deaths, and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.

Safe sleep practices include supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, roomsharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. These recommendations are designed to reduce the chances of tragic sleep-related deaths.

It’s important for all caregivers—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, child care providers, and everyone who might care for baby—to learn about creating a safer sleep environment:

More Resources

Cribs for Kids

A national infant safe-sleep education program that helps reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to accidental suffocation, asphyxia, or undetermined causes in unsafe sleeping environments. Visit for more information.

Safe to Sleep

More information about safe infant sleep practices at:

Reducing Risk

Learn more about reducing the risk of SIDS and other sleep related causes of infant death at:

Conditions We Treat

Respiratory Distress in Newborns

Low Birth Weight

Treatment Options

Neonatology Location

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