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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a special unit with the equipment needed to care for premature or seriously ill newborns.

Licensed since 1986, Bakersfield Memorial’s NICU is fully approved by California Children's Services. It is directed by a board-certified pediatrician with subspecialty certification in neonatal medicine, and staffed by neonatologists and nurses with specialty training.


The 31-bed, Level II NICU is able to provide comprehensive care for infants who are born before 32 weeks of gestation, weigh less than 1500 grams, and/or infants born with a critical illness. We provide a full range of respiratory support that may include conventional ventilation and/or high-frequency ventilation. Infants with congenital heart defects, and those who require major surgery are referred to Level III centers.

Learn More About Pediatric Services At Memorial Hospital

To find a Dignity Health pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call (661) 324-7070 or use our Find a Doctor search tool 

Learn more about the Lauren Small Children's Center

Lauren's Story

The Lauren Small Children's center is named after Lauren Paige Small, a Bakersfield girl who inspired the community through her brave two-year battle with cancer.


Read Lauren's story