A newborn may enter the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when he or she is born premature, needs surgical intervention, had difficulties during delivery or shows signs of distress during the first few days of life. We encourage parents to be active participants in the care of their infants before delivery with a prenatal visit to our unit. After the delivery, families will be able to visit throughout the day.

Level 4 (NICU) at Methodist Children's Hospital

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Methodist Children's Hospital is San Antonio's largest neonatal intensive care unit. Our in-house board-certified neonatologists and advanced nurse practitioners provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet the special healthcare needs of the hospital’s tiniest patients. Our team includes Neonatal Nurse Practitioners who have advanced training and provide expert care under the direct supervision of a physician. A neonatal team also attends high-risk deliveries at Methodist Hospital’s Women’s Pavilion

Methodist Children's Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Department has the tools and expertise to treat children who have the most complex medical conditions. Some of our features include:

  • bedside surgical procedures
  • the most technologically-advanced radiology
  • conventional and non-conventional mechanical ventilator including high-frequency oscillatory ventilation and an inhaled nitric oxide program
  • respiratory therapy and nutritional management



  • specialized nursing team for cardiac patients, total body cooling patients and patients with central lines
  • all forms of life support including whole body cooling, inhaled nitric oxide, non-invasive, conventional, and high frequency ventilation
  • a full complement of subspecialty physician services for infants with rare congenital conditions