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Meeting Babies’ Special Needs at a Central Coast NICU

Medical care can prompt worry and concern, especially when it affects your newborn baby. That’s why Dignity Health Central Coast has two dedicated neonatal intensive care units (NICU) to provide specialized care for babies who are born prematurely or with fetal conditions.

From your pregnancy to labor and delivery, Dignity Health Central Coast focuses completely on you and your baby’s health and well-being. Our NICUs on the Central Coast of California feature a compassionate health care team, along with equipment perfectly suited to support a baby’s circulation, breathing, and life functions.

For compassionate NICU care at Marian Regional Medical Center or St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health Central Coast.


Care with Humankindness at Dignity Health Central Coast’s NICU Hospitals

The most common cause for care in a neonatal intensive care unit is a premature birth. Our board-certified neonatologists and highly skilled nurses also care for babies with other medical conditions in these specialized units.

Your baby may receive care in a NICU for:

  • Lung and breathing problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Severe jaundice
  • Heart issues, such as congenital heart disease
  • Seizures
  • Gastroschisis, where the baby’s intestines are outside the body
  • Restricted growth in the uterus during pregnancy
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain
  • Serious infection

Throughout your baby’s stay in our NICU, you and your family will experience care, dignity, and respect. Your baby’s care team will answer any questions and concerns that may arise.


Treating our Smallest Patients with Compassion

Even though the NICU can have all the sights and sounds of an adult hospital, if you look carefully you will find teams of medical experts providing individualized attention to each and every baby. Among this comprehensive medical team are NICU doctors and nurses, cardiologists, neurologists, and pulmonologists to take care of each particular condition. Joining them are physical and respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, and chaplains.

What every person on this highly specialized team has their focus on is your baby’s health and well-being. They encourage parents and family members to join in caring for this tiny human life.

For NICU care every step of the way, talk to an expert at Dignity Health Central Coast.

Dignity Health delivers specialized, compassionate care at our NICUs on the Central Coast of California.