Are you considered a high-risk pregnancy? If so, you may want to find out what NICU level is available at your hospital. There are 4 different classifications for NICU levels. Hospitals having level III and level IV are recognized by the Women’s Choice Award.
Level 1 facilities provide basic care for infants that are low risk. Level II facilities are typically for babies born at ≥ 32 weeks or weigh less than 1500 g at birth. At this stage, the infants may require specialty care and at this level, the unit is reserved for stable or moderately ill newborns. Infants born sooner than 32 weeks and weigh less than 1500 g at birth should be cared for at a level III designated facility. Level III facilities can be defined by continuous accessibility to pediatric specialists, advanced monitoring equipment, laboratory and imaging facilities and other pediatric support groups. Level IV intensive care units are designed with additional capabilities for the care of the most complex and critically ill newborns.