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About Our NICU

Please Note: In an effort to keep our tiny patients safe during RSV season, we are currently limiting visits by children ages 12 and under. Learn more about RSV.

When you have a critically ill newborn, you want and need the best possible care for your baby. WakeMed's Level IV NICU offers the highest level of care available to premature and critically ill babies in Wake County. WakeMed has been providing exceptional care to the Triangle's premature and critically ill babies for more than 35 years.

In February 2014, we opened a newly renovated and expanded NICU. Our NICU now offers 48 patient beds, including 27 private rooms. Single-room care in the NICU represents an extension of WakeMed’s focus on patient- and family-centered care to our tiniest patients. This format allows parents to spend almost unlimited time with their baby and provides privacy to facilitate breastfeeding. At WakeMed, we make parental and family involvement in each baby’s care a top priority, and our newly renovated space is a direct reflection of this focus.

Neonatology at WakeMed is home to the Carolina Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) Training Center. Currently, WakeMed is one of only 9 NIDCAP Training Centers in the United States (22 worldwide), and 1 of only 3 NIDCAP Certified Nurseries in the United States. Currently, there aer only seven NIDCAP Certified Nurseries in the world; we were the 4th to be certified.

This esteemed certification is a reflection of WakeMed's dedication to neonatal developmental care and focus on patient- and family-centered care. WakeMed has been a leader in developmentally supportive care for more than 20 years.

In the WakeMed NICU, our guiding principles are:

  • To support the healing process
  • To ensure patient safety
  • To facilitate clinical efficiency
  • To promote patient and family satisfaction
  • To easily adapt to technological change
  • To be respectful to patient and family needs and privacy

Click to read the Preemie's Bill of Rights

 View photos of our recent NICU expansion:


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A Preemie's Bill of Rights
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