Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Why Choose Us

As the leading provider of pediatric care in Central Texas, Dell Children’s is truly a one-of-a-kind children’s hospital. Our state-of-the-art Level IV NICU provides world-class comprehensive healthcare through compassionate, innovative, and evidence-based practice. Having earned the highest designation possible, our Level IV NICU can provide care for the most complex and critically-ill infants of all gestational ages. Our multidisciplinary team partners with March of Dimes to provide the highest quality care to patients and their families.

Dell Children’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is staffed by specially-trained physicians called neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists who are specifically trained to care for premature and critically-ill newborns with the most complex conditions. This committed team works around the clock to provide for your baby’s special needs. Equipment and procedures specifically designed for babies help the team treat sick newborns until they are healthy enough to go home. At Dell Children’s Medical Center, you can have confidence knowing your baby has access to the highest level of NICU care possible.

What is a Level IV NICU

A Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has the highest official designation possible. This means our care teams provide your baby with the most specialized, comprehensive care that goes far beyond other NICUs. Our specialists are trained to handle the most serious and the most complex conditions and can perform surgeries for congenital or acquired conditions on site. We also staff a full range of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists and pediatric anesthesiologists and can provide neonatal transport and outreach education when needed. Dell Children’s has more pediatric specialists and specialty programs than any other hospital network in Central Texas. Simply put, Dell Children’s offers the highest level of care and is the best place for a baby, during their most vulnerable time.

Who We Serve

The Dell Children’s NICU team are experts in providing cutting-edge care to the smallest and most fragile patients. That’s why we are a major referral center for babies all over central Texas and beyond. Our NICU offers access to on-site consultation and care from every pediatric medical and surgical specialty. Please see our list of Conditions We Treat for more information. 


Our multidisciplinary team consists of pediatric and neonatal specialists who are renowned in their respective fields. Due to a wide array of surgical services available, Dell Children’s Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the nation to achieve the highest designation as an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Children’s Surgical Program. 

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is led by world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr.  The extensive care team provides state-of-the-art compassionate care for babies and children with heart disease from before birth through the rest of their lives. 

The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center helps babies facing the most complex prenatal conditions. Dr. Ken Moise, a world leader in fetal intervention, and the fetal care team help families understand their baby’s condition and determine the best plan of care for the baby and family. Sometimes that plan may include a very specialized surgery for the baby while the baby is still growing inside the mother. In 2021 a maternal delivery unit will open in Dell Children’s Medical Center which will allow mothers to deliver babies who require immediate specialized neonatal critical care at our hospital and the mother and baby to remain in the same facility. 

Our dedicated neonatal transport team brings critically ill babies to a higher level of care, whether by land or air.

At Dell Children’s, our highly-specialized NICU clinicians offer a personalized, neonatal simulation program for our community partners in Central Texas. Many newborns require expected or unexpected specialized care or resuscitation in the delivery room due to their small size, prematurity, birth defects, or distress around the time of delivery. Healthcare simulation using a realistic and interactive newborn manikin can help medical teams develop expertise in the care for such patients before those patients are even born. Our Neonatal Simulation Program provides education and training in the specialized field of newborn resuscitation. Through simulation, this interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialized providers are able to assess and address knowledge and system gaps and achieve improved care delivery, enhanced teamwork and collaboration, and ultimately improved patient outcomes. Our program offers educational opportunities within the Ascension Seton network as well as to the surrounding community hospitals and educational facilities. 

“Having Aza at 23 weeks was never part of my birth plan, but the professionals at Dell Children’s Medical Center helped us adjust to our new normal. Every group not only performed their jobs in excellence, but also showed such care and compassion. They felt more like family than caregivers. When we were fighting, they fought with us. When we were celebrating, they celebrated too.”