UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Neonatal Transport Team

At Blank Children's Hospital, we have a dedicated transport team who helps bring specialized care to newborns when they need it most.  Our teams travel by ground, in our Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Ambulance, or by air in our LifeFlight helicopter.

The Neonatal Transport Team features highly-trained and experienced nurses who provide specialized and expert care for premature and ill infants. Our team travels to the referring hospital to begin care and continues the specialized care throughout transport and admission to our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our team works to stabilize the infant's condition prior to traveling while the nurse is in communication with the neonatologists. Ongoing communication is provided to the parents and referring hospital until the family can be reunited with their infant. Under certain circumstances, the mom may be transferred with her infant.