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Visitor Restrictions

To ensure patient safety during flu season, children age 11 and younger currently are not permitted in inpatient units, including surgical units, and their waiting areas at UNC Children's. Similar restrictions were already in place at the Newborn Critical Care Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at UNC Hospitals. Read more >>

Newborn Critical Care Center

UNC's Newborn Critical Care Center is a high-tech, 58-bed facility. It is located on the 4th floor of North Carolina Children's Hospital and served by 11 board-certified attending neonatologists, 18 nurse practitioners, and more than 150 neonatal specialists. The care provided by this core team is complemented by a larger, multidisciplinary team of clinicians from N.C. Children's Hospital, which includes social workers, pediatric pharmacists, respiratory care practitioners, dietitians, and physical and occupational therapists. Since many health care professionals are involved in treating your child, you may want to refer to our Glossary of Pediatric Clinicians to better understand their individual roles.

Our health care practitioners diagnose and treat about 750 newborns from more than 50 counties throughout North Carolina each year. More than two-thirds of the 750 newborns admitted to the NCCC annually are born at North Carolina Women's Hospital, just a corridor away from the NCCC. The remainder is transported by the Pediatric Transport Team, part of Carolina Air Care, to our hospital.

Inpatient Parent Care Hours

Parents are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their infants when they are patients in the Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC). This will foster information sharing and allow you to participate in the care of your baby. Our social workers can help you with transportation, work release and housing if needed. Only two people can be at the bedside at any time due to space constraints and infection control concerns. Ask the nurse caring for your baby if you have questions about being at your baby's bedside.



NCCC Contact Information

The phone number for the nursing station in the NCCC is 984-974-3481. A toll-free number is given to parents of patients in the NCCC.

NCCC Family Advisory Board

The Family Advisory Board is comprised of members who have had one or more children in the Newborn Critical Care Center. They educate staff, attend community events and offer support to other families.

Ongoing Family Meetings, Events, and Activities

Always striving to keep the patient and family at the center of the health care team, the Newborn Critical Care Center works with resources and providers throughout UNC Hospitals and the larger community to offer a variety of ongoing activities to keep our babies' families engaged and feeling supported.

Children’s Hospital Friday Family Brunch
– Every Friday, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 a.m., 7th Floor of N.C. Children’s Hospital in the Family Resource Room
– Hosted by the Hospital Volunteers
– Sponsored by the Hospital Volunteer Association

Children’s Hospital Parents’ Night Out
– Every Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 6th Floor of N.C. Children's Hospital in the conference room
– Hosted by Hospital Volunteers
– Sponsored by the UNC Dance Marathon

NCCC Parent Education Hour
– First and third Tuesday of each month, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., NCCC Classroom on the 4th floor of N.C. Children's Hospital
– Led by guest speakers
– Sponsored by the March of Dimes and Family Support Network

NCCC Parent Support Lunch
– Every Friday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., NCCC Classroom on the 4th floor of N.C. Children's Hospital
– Led by the NCCC Family Support Team
– Sponsored by the NCCC and UNC Hospitals Volunteer Association

NCCC Scrapbooking
– Every Monday, 2 to 3 p.m., NCCC waiting room on the 4th floor of N.C. Children's Hospital
– Led by Family Support Specialists and nurse volunteers
– Sponsored by the N.C. Children’s Promise, Family Support Network and the March of Dimes

Children’s Hospital Thursday Evening Pizza Night
– Every Thursday, 5:00 to 5:45pm., 7th Floor of N.C. Children’s Hospital in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room
– Hosted by the Hospital Volunteers
– Sponsored by the Hospital Volunteer Association

NCCC Craft Activity
– Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm
– Led by Family Support Specialists
– Sponsored by Family Support Network

Free Infant CPR and Car Seat Safety Class
– Offered twice a month, NCCC Classroom on the 4th floor of N.C Children’s Hospital
– Led by Sandy Taylor, NCCC nurse and CPR Instructor, and Angie Seeberg, certified child passenger safety technician
– Sponsored by Family Support Network and Safe Kids NC
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