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At Truman Medical Centers/University Health, we believe that excellent maternity care should offer peace of mind. That's why we built two state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

You can rest easy knowing that both of our hospitals are well equipped to offer specialized care to your baby should any complications arise.

NICU care at the Truman Medical Center (TMC) Lakewood Family Birthplace

Lakewood Family Birthplace is equipped with a Level II special care NICU. That means we have the staff and equipment to care for babies born early or those who have moderate health risks.

NICU care at The Birthplace at TMC Health Sciences District (TMC HSD)

The Birthplace at TMC HSD has a Level III NICU. This kind of NICU has the staff and equipment to care for:

  • Babies born prematurely.
  • Babies with respiratory distress (trouble with breathing).
  • Babies with infections.
  • Babies with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
  • Babies with jaundice (yellowing of the skin from excessive bilirubin).

If your baby needs more complex care, the NICU at TMC HSD is physically connected to Children's Mercy Hospital by a footbridge. Children's Mercy Hospital has the most advanced, Level IV NICU.

We are planning an expansion of the NICU at TMC HSD. The new facility will be larger, growing from 5,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet. It will also feature individual rooms with collapsible wall dividers and more incubators.

Learn more about this important project and how you can support it at

Our NICU team

Both the Lakewood Family Birthplace and The Birthplace at TMC HSD have a specialized NICU staff whose sole focus is your baby's health and the comfort of your family. This team includes neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, lactation consultants and social workers.

An ill infant can be stressful for new parents and the entire family. We are dedicated to giving you and your baby excellent care and making this a good experience.

Visiting the NICU

Parents and families are welcome to spend time with their baby as often as possible during NICU visiting hours.