St. Joseph's is home to a Level III Perinatal Center and a Nursery Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of only a few in Arizona.
Because infants in the NICU often have complicated and serious respiratory issues, the unit is outfitted with some of the most advanced life-saving equipment. Its state-of-the-art technology includes Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a heart-lung bypass machine that works for an infant's heart and/or lungs while the baby's organs develop.
To ease the transition from hospital to home, the unit offers a parent room where parents and their babies can stay for 24 to 48 hours before being discharged. During that time, nurses assume a secondary role in which they help parents learn to care for their baby, administer medications, and become comfortable as their baby's primary caregiver.
The following conditions are the primary reasons babies receive treatment in the NICU: