Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Most births at the St. John Center for Women’s Health go smoothly, with mom and baby going home after a day or two.

When a pregnancy is high-risk or complications arise during or after delivery, St. John offers the region’s finest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Tulsa and surrounding areas.

A neonatologist and a team of NICU nurses staff the unit 24 hours a day, caring for the needs of premature and special needs babies. The St. John Center for Women’s Health offers the only NICU in Oklahoma with all-private rooms — one of the first 25 such facilities in the United States. Our staff is also first in the state to implement the Wee Care Integrated Developmental Care Program, which focuses on family-centered care that fosters the parent-child relationship.

The NICU’s all-private rooms allow families to stay by their baby's bedside 24/7 and discuss their baby’s condition and medical treatments in the privacy of their own room. Our state-of-the-art communication devices allow our nurses to continuously monitor babies, even if they are not in the room.

Because premature or sick babies need different levels of stimulation for their development, St. John implemented a variable light and sound system that can be changed for each baby’s developmental stage. The system prevents over-stimulation, letting babies grow and heal at a faster rate.

We know that having a child in the NICU is an unsettling experience with many unknowns. Rest assured your baby is being cared for by specially-trained nurses who are supported by all the resources of our full service hospital.