Expert Neonatologists in Cedar Rapids

St. Luke's is the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as determined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the Cedar Rapids' area. Other hospitals transfer newborns to St. Luke's when they need specialized care.

Caring for eastern Iowa's newborn babies

Cedar Rapids' tiniest baby ever born - at just 13 ounces - is one of the great success stories here at St. Luke's. Your family benefits from St. Luke's neonatologist expertise.

  • More than 13,986 NICU babies
  • 40 years of NICU experience- we take care of babies each and every day.

Neonatologists - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Our NICU team includes the area's most experienced neonatologists and staff. In addition, St. Luke's ranks among the best hospitals in the world in providing NICU care for very low birth weight babies (babies born weighing less than 3 lbs. 5oz.). Except in very rare occasions, such as surgical emergencies, your baby should NEVER have to be transferred out of Cedar Rapids. We do accept transfers from Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. See why St. Luke's is the better choice.

Family centered, supportive care

We were the first hospital in the nation to win a NICU Family Centered Care award. What does this mean?

  • A developmental care specialist and team provides your baby with an individualized developmental care plan (NIDCAP) during the NICU stay.
  • Our neonatologists provide outpatient consults for high-risk pregnancies.
  • Private suites are individualized for each baby to promote faster healing and growth.
  • As a parent, you are involved in your baby's care throughout the NICU stay.
  • You can use our family Lounge.
  • Two sleep rooms are available for families with critically ill babies.
  • You are encouraged to stay in the NICU room so you can remain close to your baby.
  • The NICU Family Support program provides support and education for your family.

NICU Follow-Up Care

To ease your concerns and guide you through the next several months after bringing your baby home from the NICU, St. Luke's monitors the development of infants who have encountered difficulties during or after birth. Our comprehensive follow-up program is designed just for NICU babies. Each visit provides an opportunity to discuss your concerns.

  • Our expert follow-up team includes a pediatric nurse practitioner and a pediatric physical therapist/developmental specialist.
  • Physical exams and screening tests evaluate your child's physical and developmental progress.
  • Visits are typically scheduled when babies are four, nine, 18 and 30 months of age.

In the event of a delay in growth or development - early intervention and referrals are made to area services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy or Grant Wood Early Intervention Program. Since children grow and develop at different rates, it is important to note that an isolated delay does not always mean a child has a long-term problem.