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Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

Pregnancy and childbirth are amazing — and can be unpredictable. While most women give birth to healthy babies, it’s not a guarantee. That’s why it’s important to choose a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit.

PeaceHealth offers 24/7 care and support to newborns and their new parents. Our Level II NICU, also called a special care nursery, treats babies who were born a few weeks early or have minor health problems. *OR* Our Level III NICU treats even the smallest and sickest of  babies. In most cases, we can care for newborns right here, right away.

The NICU team is led by neonatologists (doctors who treat sick or premature babies). It also includes:

  • Neonatal nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Feeding and swallowing therapists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Social workers

Babies in our NICU receive expert care with a gentle touch until they’re able to go home.

Neonatal intensive care at PeaceHealth

Your baby’s health and well-being are important to us.

Pediatric care

If your baby will need extra care after leaving the NICU, you can take comfort knowing we offer pediatric specialty care. Doctors at PeaceHealth can also consult about serious illnesses or injuries with pediatric intensivists at [partner hospital name] through our telemedicine program.

Unimited bonding time

At PeaceHealth, parents may visit the NICU 24-hours a day. Our private rooms give you the space you need to spend quiet, quality time with your baby.

Music therapy

Certain types of music can soothe fussy babies and help with brain and language development. Our music therapist sings and plays instruments for babies in the NICU. Parents say music therapy helps their babies stay calm during invasive tests and to sleep more soundly.

Cuddler program

There may be times when you can’t be in the NICU because of work, family or other personal duties. Your baby is still in caring hands with  our specially trained volunteers to hold, read to or comfort them  when you’re away.