The region’s largest neonatology program

In the NICUs and neonatology programs of Children’s Minnesota, remarkable things happen. Because we are built for it. Our integrated team gives the best care for your baby.

Our neonatal team of more than 500 doctors, surgeons and pediatric specialists is the largest in Minnesota (MN)—and one of the largest in the country. With nearly 200 neonatal beds in our hospitals and special care nurseries, we welcome over 2,300 babies every year. Also, in collaboration with the Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center, we, together with our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and neonatology program, provide life-saving care to babies with high-risk conditions before they’re even born.

Our NICU is equipped to treat the most high-risk newborns

Children’s Minnesota provides Level IV neonatal care at our Minneapolis campus. As a Level IV NICU – the highest level designated by The American Academy of Pediatrics – we have the in-house expertise and experience to care for the most complex and critically ill newborns. We also offer:

  • 500+ neonatal care experts including neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners who are supported by the largest network of pediatric specialists in the Upper Midwest.
  • 24/7 NICU coverage by neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners.
  • 500+ babies transported annually by the Neonatal Transport Team. Babies are transported by helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and specialized critical care ground transportation.
  • 24/7 neonatal virtual care for regional community hospitals, a technology that allows critical audio/video consultations during stabilization of newborns.
  • Surgery facilities recognized as the best (Level 1) by the American College of Surgeons – the only hospital system in Minnesota to have this verification for a pediatric hospital.
  • A focus on research to help babies go home healthy. Some of the most important discoveries in neonatal care, from treatments for breathing problems to brain damage to kangaroo care, were tested at Children’s Minnesota before they were adopted around the world.

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) settings


  • Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) | 44 beds
  • Level II Special Care Nursery (SCN) | 33 beds
  • Infant Care Center (ICC) | 41 beds

St. Paul

  • Level III NICU | 50 beds
  • Level II SCN | 12 beds

Coon Rapids

  • Level III NICU | 16 beds

Doctors and healthcare providers

For immediate access to a Children’s Minnesota neonatologist

Please call our Children’s Minnesota Physician Access line and ask for the neonatologist at 1-866-755-2121 available 24/7 for referral, consult, admission and transport assistance.

Also, Children’s Minnesota partners with other community health care systems to provide a high level of care for newborns in a setting close to home. Developed and operated in collaboration with Children’s Minnesota neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners, the Ridgeview Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Waconia features seven private rooms with the capability to care for up to 13 infants at a time.

At the St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, the St. Francis Family Birth Place offers a Level 2 Special Care Nursery staffed 24/7 by neonatal nurse practitioners affiliated with Children’s Minnesota.

Watch a video to get a peek inside our neonatal program

Learn more about the largest high-risk neonatal care program in the upper Midwest.

Watch NICU families and providers share their stories

The future’s bright for baby Charlotte. Following a pioneering fetal surgery to repair her spinal defect in utero, and weeks of round-the-clock support from the neonatal intensive care team, she’s right where she belongs: home.

“We will take care of your baby and we will take care of you.” Parents, doctors and nurses share their experiences in the NICU.