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Welcoming your new baby into the world is an exciting time, but sometimes unexpected circumstances occur and extra care is necessary. Allen's Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is for babies who need special medical attention after they are born, and sometimes, may have to stay a few days longer after mom goes home.

Our specially trained team will explain the intensive care routine and procedures to you, keep you informed of your baby's condition and answer the many questions you may have. We serve the Cedar Valley region and other surrounding hospitals transfer moms and their babies to Allen Hospital when they need specialized care.



Family Centered, Supportive Care

We believe the best way to care for your baby is to make the family part of the health care team.

  • A developmental care team provides your baby developmentally appropriate care which significantly improves neonatal outcomes
  • Our neonatologists provide outpatient consults for high-risk pregnancies
  • Three private suites are individualized for each baby to promote faster healing and growth
  • As a parent, you are encouraged to be involved in your baby's care throughout the NICU stay
  • You are encouraged to stay in the NICU room so you can remain close to your baby
  • Weekly family rounds with the NICU team, which includes the physician, registered nurse, lactation consultant and social worker

NICU Follow-Up Care

Our High Risk Infant follow-up program is designed just for NICU babies. Each visit provides an opportunity to discuss your concerns.

  • Our expert follow-up team includes the neonatologist and pediatric nurse.
  • Physical exams and developmental screening tests evaluate your child's physical and developmental progress.
  • Visits are typically scheduled when babies are two, 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 as needed. 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.

Your baby's well-being is our highest priority. We know while your baby is in our NICU it is a stressful time for you and your family. Please share your questions and concerns with us. We will do whatever we can to assist you.

Collaboration with St. Luke's NICU in Cedar Rapids

We strive toward family centered care and our relationship with St. Luke's NICU keeps families together and closer to home.

As part of UnityPoint Health, Allen's NICU has a strong working relationship with St. Luke's NICU, the only Level III NICU in the Cedar Rapids area. Infants born less than 30 weeks of gestation and patients needing higher level of care are safely transferred to the NICU at St. Luke's, only 60 miles from Waterloo, and sent back to Allen Hospital once the clinical condition of the baby improves.