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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital is a 44-bed regional referral center serving Northern California. Recognized on a national level for our contributions to neonatal research and state-of-the-art care, we're also one of the few hospitals that puts its focus on the entire family unit, offering comprehensive specialty care in one location. Our team is pioneers in neonatal diagnosis, surgery, and newborn critical care, and constantly work to refine and advance the techniques used to treat newborns and infants who need the highest level of specialized care available.

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Why Families Choose Us

Neonatal Care Beyond the Community Hospital Level

  • Children's regional Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is the only Level IV NICU in the East Bay.
  • We are experts in caring for critically ill infants who require intensive multidisciplinary and specialist care.
  • In highly-advanced NICU facilities, we're able to monitor and support a newborn's vital functions beyond the level of care available in the general pediatric unit or community hospital.
  • Board certified subspecialists provide comprehensive care for infants presenting with a wide variety of neonatal conditions including:

    • Congenital heart disease
    • Congenital abnormalities
    • Lung & airway abnormalities
    • Neurological disorders
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Complex ear, nose, or throat conditions
    • A wide range of surgical conditions
  • Specialized services for newborns include general and cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and treatment for premature newborn conditions, genetic disorders, and infections—many of which can be diagnosed in utero.

Qualified and Caring NICU Staff

  • With board-certified neonatal specialists and physicians onsite 24/7, your child will always receive hands-on, personalized care from some of the top medical professionals in the field of neonatology.
  • Our nursery is always staffed with a hand-selected team of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, and developmental specialists—all of whom work together to provide care that lasts beyond the initial intervention and recovery period.

Frontline Respiratory and Cerebral Intervention

  • We've pioneered some of the leading treatments for neurodevelopment disability in infants who experience oxygen deprivation at the time of birth.
  • Our specialists are leaders in the field of neonatal respiratory care and offer extensive expertise in high frequency oscillatory and jet ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, and non-invasive ventilation.

Developmental Support and Follow-Up Care

  • Parents are invited and encouraged to visit whenever they can, as we believe they play an important role in infant recovery time and family bonding.
  • Our support continues well beyond the initial NICU stay. The Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic provides a place where at-risk newborns can continue to receive the support and care they need as they grow. The program helps with the early identification of developmental disabilities and includes support staff specializing in behavioral and physical development.

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