Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Caring for critically ill and premature infants

Neonatal Medical Home photo of two babiesPhysicians in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The University of Kansas Health System work with obstetricians, perinatologists (physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies), pediatric specialists and surgeons. Together, they provide a continuum of care for you and your baby.

As a Level III nursery, our hospital is one of the few in Greater Kansas City that provides comprehensive neonatal care in one location. Mothers of premature or critically ill infants can deliver, recover and receive help caring for their babies without ever leaving our birthing area. Our pediatric specialists and surgeons are available full-time.

Our staff helps mothers and fathers bond with their babies, and visits from family and friends are welcome. This helps balance the emotional well-being of the baby, parents and siblings with high-quality medical care.

Visiting the NICU can be an overwhelming experience. We encourage you to visit and fully participate in your baby's care. We are happy to answer any questions.

Medical Expertise

Our physicians and staff are active in research and participate in national research trials. Eligible patients may receive advanced treatments here that are not available elsewhere.

Our neonatologists are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are always available to assist physicians in the Greater Kansas City area or across the state of Kansas, whether they request a simple consultation or immediate help from our neonatal transport service.

Neonatal Medical Home

Once your child has graduated from the NICU, follow-up appointments will be held in the Neonatal Medical Home. Here, neonatologists provide primary care to children with medical complexities up to age 5. The Neonatal Medical Home offers families the ease of a single point of contact for this specialized medical care. Learn more.


One of the most rewarding parts of neonatology is seeing babies who have been patients grow and thrive over the years. We invite all of our "NICU graduates" to attend annual reunions where we mingle, renew old friendships and forge new ones.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or get more information, please call:

  • 913-588-1227
  • Toll free 844-323-1227

Referring Physicians

To refer a patient, please call:

  • 913-588-5862
  • Toll free 877-588-5862