Neonatal Neurocritical Care
Neurological conditions and injuries can have a long-term effect on your child's growth and development. Our neonatal neurocritical care specialists will collaborate with your family to design personalized care plans for neurological intervention, early intervention services, and rehabilitation to help improve your baby's outcomes.
Using both pharmaceutical therapies and the latest technologies, we provide personalized, brain-focused care in an interprofessional and collaborative effort to help your baby—and all babies in Iowa—survive and thrive.
Iowa’s only comprehensive neonatal neurocritical care program
UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to the only neonatal neurocritical care program in Iowa and includes all pediatric subspecialties, including pediatric neurology, neurosurgery, neurointerventional radiology, and medical and biochemical genetics.
In fact, we're home to Iowa's only pediatric neurosurgeons, neurointerventional radiologist, and biochemical geneticist.
Also, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is equipped with the most advanced neuromonitoring capabilities available 24/7. In addition, we offer both inpatient and outpatient early neurodevelopmental assessments to coordinate intervention after you’ve left the hospital.
There is no other hospital in the state with our level of expertise to diagnose and treat congenital or acquired neurological conditions that might affect your baby before, during, and after birth.
UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Collaborative, expert neonatal neurocritical care
Each member of our collaborative, interdisciplinary neonatal neurocritical care team holds specific expertise in neurological conditions and treatments. They work together to provide your baby with the detailed and comprehensive care they need to improve their growth and developmental outcomes.
This team includes neonatologists, neurophysiologists, pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric neuroradiologists, pediatric neurointerventional radiologists, pediatric medical geneticists, developmental and behavior pediatricians, pain and palliative care pediatricians, physical medicine and rehabilitation pediatric specialists, critical care nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, care coordinators, and specialized therapists (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, and child life services).
Treatments and procedures
- Therapeutic Hypothermia (in NICU and on transport)
- Amplitude-integrated Electroencephalography (aEEG)
- Continuous video electroencephalography (cEEG) - monitored by experts 24/7
- Ventricular reservoirs and shunts
- Endovascular embolizations
- Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
- Exome and genome testing
- Targeted medical diet therapy including ketogenic diets
- Fetal Consults for neurologic conditions
Conditions we treat
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)
- Intracranial hemorrhage (subdural, epidural, subarachnoid)
- Extracranial hemorrhage (subgaleal)
- Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis
- Brain malformations (Chiari malformation, Lissencephaly, Schizencephaly, etc)
- Periventricular leukomalacia/white matter injury (PVL/WMI)
- Extreme premature birth (gestational age of 27 weeks or less)
- Myelomeningocele (spina bifida)
- Vein of Galen Malformation
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
- Brain infections
- Genetic and metabolic conditions affecting the central nervous system
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Brachial Plexus Injuries
- Infantile brain tumors
- Infants on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
- Unexplained newborn neurologic problems
Our Care Team
- Allison Momany, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
- Claire Goeke, ARNP, High Risk Infant Follow Up Clinic