Neonatal & Perinatal Services

If your new baby needs special care, rely on OU Children's Physicians and The Children's Hospital. OU Children's Physicians Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine serves as a state-wide referral center for premature and sick newborns. Our neonatologists coordinate medical services with our other children's specialists.

Advanced training and years of experience help us stabilize newborns with life-threatening conditions, such as infections or breathing disorders. We can coordinate care of premature babies and those born with a serious illness. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians.

Our comprehensive coverage for Oklahoma's premature and full-term infants includes the following services:

  • Advanced NICU services, including conventional ventilation, oscillator ventilation, ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), exchange transfusion and inhaled nitric oxide therapy

  • Dedicated mother/baby unit beds

  • Medi Flight helicopter and ground transfers from other medical facilities

  • Emergency care of unexpectedly ill newborns

  • Diagnostic services for newborns with complex medical problems

  • Nutritional care of critically ill newborns to ensure they heal properly and grow

  • Innovative treatments through our research protocols

  • Consultations from almost every pediatric specialty and sub-specialty

  • Help with arranging extended stays at nearby hotels or rooming-in

  • Follow-up clinics for NICU "graduates" with problems, such as chronic lung disease

  • Inpatient and outpatient sleep studies for infants and children

  • Nurseries that comprise Neonatal Services include the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Neonatal Village.​​

The Women's and Newborn Center boasts:

  • 24/7 in-house neonatology coverage

  • 18 pre-delivery beds for women with high-risk pregnancies

  • 16 labor and delivery (LDR) and 3 operating rooms

  • 6 urgent care rooms for labor and delivery

  • 40 mother/baby unit beds

  • An 88 bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with NICVIEW cameras for families who are unable to be at their child's side

  • A dedicated obstetrical anesthesia program