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NICU Levels

What Patients Are Saying

"The nursing care is phenomenal. It is almost like you have family taking care of you. They are friendly, warm, understanding and very supportive. I can't tell enough about the exceptional work done by the nurses in the Birthplace."

Mercy is home to an advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

This means you will receive the best care, using the most state-of-the-art equipment and from Mercy NICU staff who have experience handling the most complicated cases for premature and ill babies greater than 30-32 weeks gestation, or 2 lbs. 11 oz. (In fact, we're home to the area's most experienced neonatologist, Dr. Roger Allen).

In cases where higher intensity care is required for babies under 30 weeks, we have a relationship with the University of Iowa Children's Hospital for the transfer and care of these babies. The University of Iowa Children's Hospital is home to a Level IV NICU, and provides the highest level and cares for the smallest and sickest babies in Iowa. To put it into perspective, less than one percent of babies born at Mercy are transferred to a higher level of care – and that is to the University.

Fortunately, very few babies ever require specialized care, but should your baby need it, rest assured. Mercy is equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies, and babies who need special care.

Learn more about high-risk pregnancies in this video featuring Dr. Allen: