Neonatal Intensive Care
Will my baby go to the NICU?
According to the March of Dimes, about ten to 15 percent of babies born in the United States each year are treated in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), with many being admitted. Some of the reasons include:
- Premature birth
- Difficult delivery
- Breathing problems
- Birth defects
Birth defects can include problems with the heart, body chemistry (metabolism) or structural systems of the newborn.
All expectant parents hope that their babies will be healthy. However, some babies are born too early and need specialized care; others are born on time and need a little something extra during the first few days of life.
When you have your baby at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, if something unexpected should occur, our NICU is capable of handling your baby's special needs. Along with using the latest technology and having hospital staff specially trained in newborn care, our NICU embodies an exceptional healing environment that offers your baby a greater chance to thrive. And because it may be stressful for you if your baby is unexpectedly admitted to the NICU, our doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in our unit will do their best to provide you with emotional and compassionate support while caring for your baby's medical needs.
The First to Offer Single Family Rooms in Los Angeles
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is the first hospital in the Los Angeles area to offer Single Family NICU Rooms, giving our youngest and most fragile patients the same opportunities to bond with their families as a full-term infant.
Parenting in the NICU
Parents are not considered visitors in our NICU, but a vital part of the baby's team. We encourage you to visit your baby often to aid in the bonding process. To help make the environment as comfortable as possible for you, we have a family room on the unit that provides a comfortable lounge, kitchen, private bath and shower along with educational materials.