Consider every aspect of care when deciding where to have your baby

March 31, 2014
When you’re deciding where to have your baby, you want to consider every aspect of care—including the specialized services you’ll need if something doesn’t go as planned. The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center provides specialized care for high-risk newborns. “Our NICU has the equipment and staff necessary to care for babies with complex and challenging conditions,” says Rosanne Morrison, San Fernando Valley women’s and children’s service area director. The NICU is staffed by specially-trained doctors, nurses and support staff, who know how to care for babies born prematurely or with other special needs. Choosing a hospital with a NICU is especially important for mothers who know their pregnancy is high-risk, but it’s a smart choice for any mother-to-be. “When special care is needed,” says Morrison, “not having to transfer a newborn to another facility is better for the baby— and the mother.”