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Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Even with a perfect pregnancy, the unexpected can occur

Should the unexpected happen, you want to choose the right NICU for your baby. Preemies, critically ill and medically fragile babies need the very best care available. Cook Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides state-of-the-art care like few NICUs in the state of Texas and beyond.

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The choice is yours

No one ever wants to think about their newborn being critically ill. But it's good to be as prepared as possible, so if you do have to make such choices, we'll help you be well-informed. Start by asking your doctor about what type of treatment your baby may need. Then ask which NICU has the best equipment and staff to provide that care. You may want to research and learn about the differences between each one. For example, only Cook Children's NICU offers all single rooms, specially designed so that babies can receive the highest level of care and parents can comfortably stay with their babies as much as they like. Your OB/GYN or pediatrician may also be good sources of NICU information. Remember, the choice is yours.

Why choose Cook Children's NICU?

Studies show that premature and critically ill infants who are cared for in a single room setting have better long-term outcomes. These tiny patients are shown to grow better, get more oxygen, and go home quicker. Cook Children's all single room NICU is currently the largest in the nation, and one of the few that can accommodate twins, triplets, and even quads in a single room. So even if you're expecting multiples, your babies won't be separated and you won't have to leave their sides.

Whether your doctor has told you that you may experience a preterm birth, or the unexpected happens, rest assured that Cook Children's NICU is here to help give you and your baby every opportunity to grow and thrive, now and in the future.

All single room NICU

Cook Children's Medical Center now offers the largest all single room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the nation. But what makes us even more unique is that our rooms are designed so that twins, triplets and quadruplets can stay together in one room. There is also room for parents to stay as well.

Learn more about our single rooms.

All-single room NICU 

Preparing for your NICU stay

We understand that this is a very stressful time so we've provided the following checklist and resources to help make your preparation, arrival and stay go more smoothly.

NICU family events

A stay in the Cook Children's NICU makes you part of a very special family. We invite you to join us for a variety of events that support our NICU and help to fulfill our promise to improve the health of every child in our region.

Annual NICU reunionAnnual NICU reunion

The annual Cook Children's NICU Reunion marks milestones and celebrates more than 30 years of achievements for each and every one of our kids. With lots of food, fun and fellowship, it's a great time to renew old friendships and say hello to NICU staff members. Learn more


Pickin' for Preemies acoustic jamPickin' for Preemies acoustic jam

Held in September, the annual Pickin' for Preemies acoustic jam, benefiting
Cook Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), is an entertaining evening of music, families and BBQ. The evening includes more than a dozen of the hottest Texas Red Dirt Artists. Learn more

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