Neonatal Intensive Care Services (NICU)
When you’re expecting, you want to be prepared to welcome your baby. It’s also important to be prepared should your baby need special care when he or she comes into the world. Five of our Providence Southern California medical centers – in Burbank, Mission Hills, Santa Monica, Tarzana and Torrance, provide Neonatal Intensive Care Units for our more fragile babies, preemies or those born critically ill and in need of expert care.
Providence NICU experts provide family-centered care in a very supportive environment. Parents may visit their babies 24 hours a day. We encourage families to bond in our quiet settings while we deliver top quality care to help build strength in these tiny babies so they can get home where they belong. And parents are encouraged to provide basic care, including breast-feeding, for their newborns to ensure not only healthy babies, but healthy families. Providence respects and seeks to understand each family’s cultural needs and preferences and tailors care to meet those needs.
Our NICUs are staffed with expert teams of nurses and therapists who treat each of our tiny patients with love, compassion and skill. “Graduates,” former NICU patients, often come back with their parents to visit, sharing tearful reunions with their first caregivers.
Thanks to generous contributions from the community, our NICUs are equipped with high-tech basinets called Giraffes where temperature and light are controlled, the baby can be weighed and surgeries can be performed in needed, limiting the need to transfer the baby.