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The NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) is an area of the hospital designed to meet the needs of babies who require specialized medical care. A NICU is sometimes called newborn intensive care or the special care nursery.
Your child needing care in the NICU can be nerve-racking. You can rely on the specialists at Dignity Health to provide expert treatment and support at our NICUs in the Bay Area. We have a Level II NICU at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and a Level III NICU at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Both locations partner with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to guarantee that your newborn receives exceptional care around the clock. Find a Doctor today to learn more about NICUs at Dignity Health.
Neonatal intensive care units are staffed by knowledgeable, compassionate health care providers who are able to give neonatal patients the extra care they need to survive and thrive. These facilities contain the equipment and machines necessary to support a baby's’ circulation, breathing, and other life functions.
Premature birth is the most common reason for NICU care. Other conditions commonly treated in the NICU include:
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and scared when your baby needs NICU care. Dignity Health is dedicated to providing a caring, supportive atmosphere for you and your family. Our team of professionals provide comprehensive, personalized care for each infant. Members of our childbirth team that you may meet in the NICU include:
Every step of the way, our staff members are available to provide emotional support and answer your questions. Parents and family members are encouraged to participate in care as much as possible. Our team will explain your baby’s needs and what you can do to help.
Dignity Health provides complete care for newborn patients in the neonatal intensive care unit in Santa Cruz and Redwood City.