Level III NICU in Northern Illinois


SwedishAmerican Hospital
1401 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104

Swedes Delivers 

We’re here for our youngest patients. SwedishAmerican’s Level III NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) features 24 beds, providing care for babies born at less than 32 weeks as well as babies born with critical illness at all gestational ages. Designated by the State of Illinois as a Level III NICU, our remarkable team has the responsibility to care for high-risk moms and babies throughout northern Illinois.

Our Level III NICU is staffed 24-hours a day by a multidisciplinary team of physicians from both Swedes and the nationally-rated University of Wisconsin’s American Family Children’s Hospital. Combining SwedishAmerican and UW Health trained experts allows for the best in medical care, technology and clinical research with all the benefits of staying with your baby–right here in Rockford.

Here at Swedes, we’re trained to care for any problems that a mom-to-be or newborn might encounter. Because some babies are born early, they might require special assistance with breathing or learning how to eat. Other newborns are full-term but are born critically ill, have infections, surgical needs or birth defects. Others just need specialized care and observation while they grow strong and develop. We’re here to make sure they receive the best care–close to home.

Here’s what you can expect to experience:

• Private rooms for each new mom and baby

• NicView webcams for parents and family members to see their infant at anytime from anywhere

Lactation consultants providing an optimal level of care for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Support Group lead by certified lactation consultants

• Swaddle immersion bath training by specialists to educate parents how to best care for their little one

• Volunteer "cuddle rockers" to sooth babies when parents are resting

• Valet parking and dedicated staff to drive you by cart inside the hospital to make your visit easier

• On-site hotel accommodations for families to stay close 


  • Advanced imaging available at all times
  • ICUs accept pregnant women and have critical care providers onsite at all times
  • Ob-gyn available onsite at all times, director of OB is board-certified Ob-gyn
  • Maternal fetal medicine physicians with inpatient privileges available at all times
  • Board-certified anesthesiologist with special training or experience in obstetric anesthesia 
  • Full complement of subspecialists available for inpatient consultations
  • Term twin gestation
  • Trial of labor after cesarean
  • Uncomplicated cesarean
  • Preeclampsia with or without severe features at term
  • Placenta previa with or without prior uterine surgery
  • Suspected placenta percreta
  • Adult respiratory syndrome
  • Expectant management of early severe preeclampsia <34 weeks gestation
  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Pediatric hospitalists
  • Pediatric medical subspecialists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Pediatric ophthalmologists

Our trained neonatal transport team is ready to handle the specialized needs of premature or critically ill newborns. Once a NICU transport is requested by your delivery hospital, the transport nurse contacts the referring hospital to obtain more information about you. The team consists of registered nurses and respiratory therapists ready to care for you at any time.

Our NICU is quiet and each room is equipped with the latest technology to care for your baby. Your newborn's room is totally private, secure and includes a rocking chair for your comfort. Yes! We even have a room just for twins.