Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

At the heart of every birth is a wish for a full and happy life. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UW Medical Center is dedicated to making that wish a reality for the smallest, sickest, most fragile newborns in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region.

A pioneer in the field of neonatology, UW Medical Center has been delivering the highest level of care to mothers and babies at risk of complications, prenatally and post-delivery, for more than half a century.

Our neonatologists bring extensive experience and great compassion in caring for multiple births and micro preemies—babies born before 26 weeks gestation or weighing less than 2.2 pounds.

If your baby needs care for congenital or other health issues that develop soon after birth, our neonatologist and staff will stabilize and assist in the transfer of your baby to our colleagues at Seattle Children’s, our partner in providing continuous expert care to newborns and infants.

As part of UW Medicine, the NICU also has access to the most advanced neonatal research. Our team has been instrumental in setting the standard for reducing risk of brain damage and lung problems in premature babies across the nation.

You are the most important person in your newborn’s life. Patient family centered care provides you with single family room care, family lounge, and parent mentor & sibling programs. Our interdisciplinary team of neonatologists, nurses, neonatal physical therapists, respiratory care practitioners, pharmacists, nutritionists, and other health professionals welcome you as an integral member of your baby’s health-care team.

NICU Videos


To learn more about the Neonatal Intensive Care at the UW Medical Center Montlake Tower, please watch this video.

To see a tour of the NICU, please watch this video.

To see what that dedication looks like in action, we share this family’s story.