Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

At the Rush Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you’ll find around-the clock neonatologists, nurses with advanced training and advanced technology. The NICU also has the space and support you and your family need to nurture and bond with your baby:

  • Individual rooms: This helps promote infection control and privacy. 
  • 24/7 access: Families are welcome to be with their babies in the NICU 24 hours a day, seven day a week.
  • Nearby delivery and postpartum rooms:  After delivery, babies in crisis get immediate NICU care, and mothers recovering from childbirth can visit their babies day or night.
  • Breastfeeding assistance: Lactation specialists help mothers provide nutrient-rich breast milk to the most fragile babies.
  • Virtual rounds: If you are unable to be in the NICU during normal rounding hours, you are able to participate remotely in clinical rounds with your baby's care team via video conference, from anywhere on any device.

Staff members in this level III NICU (the highest possible designation) care for the smallest and sickest babies, including preemies, twins and babies born with heart and breathing problems. The NICU at Rush is a March of Dimes NICU Family Support site.

Remarkable Care for Kids

  • Level III NICU: The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rush is a level III NICU, providing the highest level of care available for premature babies. Neonatalogists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing them to care for the sickest babies immediately.
  • Baby-Friendly designation: Rush is a Baby-Friendly Designated birth center. Baby-Friendly USA, a World Health Organization-affiliated institution, awards this prestigious international designation to hospitals that provide a high level of care, support and education to breastfeeding mothers and their babies to help them successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. Rush is one of few hospitals in Illinois with Baby-Friendly designation.
  • Immediate care for newborns in distress: The NICU at Rush is located directly adjacent to labor and delivery. This allows a team of neonatal intensive care specialists to start caring for your baby within seconds after delivery.
  • Expert respiratory care for newborns: Respiratory therapists in the NICU at Rush help babies with breathing problems. They have all successfully completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and are licensed, registered therapists through the state. Many of the respiratory therapists are also neonatal/pediatric and ECMO specialists, which requires specialized training.