Neonatology Center

Some babies require special care when they are born due to premature delivery or medical conditions. If your baby requires this specialized care, you want the best, most experienced neonatology team.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) within the Neonatology Center at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix cares for more infants than any other NICU in Arizona. It is uniquely equipped to care for the most complex needs of babies and their mothers. The NICU is certified by the Arizona Perinatal Trust as a Level III unit providing the highest level of neonatal care. The center includes 65 private-room beds where families can spend precious bonding time.

Care is provided by highly trained and specialized neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and certified nursing assistants. The multidisciplinary team at the Neonatology Center also includes NICU clinical pharmacy specialists, case managers and social workers, certified developmental specialists, and lactation consultants.

Additional specialists providing care include:

  • Dietitians
  • Neonatal occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists

Services include:  

  • Cardio-diagnostics
  • Developmental care
  • ECMO
  • Lactation
  • Medical imaging
  • Neonatal surgery
  • OT/speech
  • Therapeutic hypothermia

        
Respiratory therapies include:

  • High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC)
  • High frequency jet ventilation
  • Nitric oxide
  • Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilator (NIPPV)
  • Nitric oscillation

A specialized team consisting of neonatal care providers also specifically support high risk deliveries. This team attends high-risk deliveries to provide immediate care to newborns. Learn more about our high risk pregnancy programs at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center.

About the Center

The Neonatology Center specializes in the care of extremely premature infants and babies born with illness and congenital anomalies.

The Protective Hypothermia Program is designed for children who are born with birth depression to protect the most critical of organs, the brain. The program is integrated with pediatric neurology, pediatric development, and neonatology with the expressed goal of maintaining and preserving brain function.

The Extremely Premature Infants Program is the cornerstone of the NICU, which cares for more premature and extremely premature infants (born between 22 and 26 weeks of pregnancy) than any other NICU in the state of Arizona. This program is known for its team-based approach to care which benefits even the tiniest of patients.

Our Providers

Center Leadership:

Gregory Martin, MD – Medical Director NICU

Patient Education

Some of our patient education resources include:

  • Group education offered to NICU families from multiple disciplines that includes topics of discharge readiness, lactation, postpartum depression support, infant visual development resources.
  • Our developmental specialists collaborate with occupational, physical, and speech therapists to ensure a comprehensive approach to the developmental that care occurs in our NICU.
  • Lactation and speech specialists provide one-on-one teaching for quality feeding, along with individualized and printed educational material prepared for each individual.

Research

The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments which may not yet be available to the public.

Fellowship and Residency Programs

Residents rotate from the residency programs at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.