Serving as a state-wide referral center for premature and sick newborns, the OU Children's Physicians Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine helps families from across Oklahoma. It averages 1,200 admissions each year.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Center at The Children’s Hospital has earned a Level IV designation, the highest rating for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its team is available 24/7 to respond to newborn infants in need of highly-skilled care.

Comprehensive coverage for Oklahoma's premature and full-term infants includes:

  • Advanced NICU services, including conventional ventilation, oscillator ventilation, ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), exchange transfusion and inhaled nitric oxide therapy
  • Dedicated mother/baby unit beds
  • NeoFlight helicopter and ground transfers from other medical facilities


Comprehensive coverage for Oklahoma's premature and full-term infants also includes:

  • Diagnostic services for newborns with complex medical problems
  • Nutritional care of critically ill newborns

  • Developmentally supportive care applying NIDCAP protocols and standards.

  • Innovative treatments through our research protocols

  • Consultations from almost every pediatric specialty and sub-specialty

  • Follow-up clinics for NICU "graduates" with problems, such as chronic lung disease

    The Neonatal Intensive Care Center at Children’s Hospital is the                       largest in the state with an 88- bed unit that includes 2 ECMO beds.

For more information, please visit OU Children's Physicians Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Neonatology Doctors



Dr. Marilyn B. Escobedo,

Reba McEntire Chair