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Neonatal means ‘new born’. Neonatal units like ours specialise in the care of babies born early, with low weight or who have a medical condition that requires specialised treatment.

The standards for today’s special and intensive neonatal care baby units across the country have their roots here in Birmingham when one of our maternity doctors, Dr Mary Crosse, established the first incubator cots in the 1930s.

Today the tradition of pioneering patient care for some our most vulnerable patients continues. Professor Andy Ewer’s ground-breaking Pulse oximetry test identifies critical congenital heart defects that would previously have gone undetected with routine antenatal scanning.