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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Redlands Community Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is for babies who were born prematurely or in need of additional medical support. As a Level 3 NICU, babies remain there until they are discharged home or become stable enough to room with their mother in the Couplet Care unit.

  • Special equipment is used to observe and monitor babies closely, as well as provide the correct balance of warmth, nourishment and oxygen if needed
  • The staff includes neonatologists, pediatricians, registered nurses, lactation consultants, social workers, and respiratory and occupational therapists
  • Another special group are our volunteer “Cuddlers,” who hold the babies to enhance their recovery
  • Patients are encouraged to be involved in their baby’s care and will be given frequent reports of his/her progress
  • The NICU supports breastfeeding, and lactation consultants are available to assist you.
  • However, if mom is unable to produce enough breast milk, human donor breast milk is also available.
  • Your baby will be discharged from the NICU once intensive care is no longer required.
  • The nurses will teach you how to care for your baby and send you home with written discharge instructions.
  • NICU families form special bonds with the nurses during their stay. Reunions are held every five years to maintain these bonds and see how the infants have grown.

Dr. Adrian Lavery, NICU Neonatologist
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