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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.

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