Neonatal Critical Care Unit

Each year, more than 2000 seriously ill and premature babies from across south east Queensland and northern New South Wales come to Mater Mothers’ Hospitals’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at South Brisbane to receive around the clock specialist life-saving care from the team.

These babies—affectionately known as Mater Little Miracles—are cared for by our team of expert specialists, neonatologists, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals within one of Australia’s largest Neonatal Critical Care Units.

Our team prioritises individualised, family-centred care for each baby—tailoring care to provide the best possible outcomes based on the individual needs of each baby—in an environment which supports their continued growth and development.

If your baby has been admitted to Mater’s NCCU, you can read more information about the unit including; what to expect while your baby is being cared for by our team, meeting your baby’s healthcare team, learning about special tests and terminology, as well as neonatal research opportunities.

Information for parents
About NCCU
Our nurseries
Neonatal Research
Mater Little Miracles


Supporting our Mater Little Miracles

We know that sometimes the biggest miracles come in the smallest packages.

That’s why every baby born and cared for at Mater—including yours—is affectionately known as one of our ‘Mater little miracles’. That’s more than 12 000 Mater little miracles born into the world every year.

Mater Little Miracles raises money year-round to support babies in our Neonatal Critical Care Unit who are born premature, seriously ill, or are simply too small to go home straight away. Funds raised go towards giving these babies the best possible start to life; by investing in life-saving research, care and equipment.

You can find out how to get involved and help support our Mater Little Miracles by visiting the website.




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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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