Intermediate intensive care nursery
Caring for fragile babies in our intensive care nursery
Care of babies who are born prematurely or babies who are medically fragile can be very challenging and stressful to families. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has an eight-bed, level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that provides care for many critically ill newborns.
We partner with UC San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital to have a team of neonatologists oversee the care of NICU patients around the clock and attend any neonatal emergencies in the hospital. These experienced doctors work in collaboration with pediatricians, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, breastfeeding consultants, clinical dietitians, and social workers to provide the best care to babies and their families.
We care for babies with low birth weights, those who may need intravenous therapy or respiratory support, and those born prematurely. Our unit is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment, including Giraffe OmniBed Carestations, specially designed incubator beds that create a peaceful, fast-healing environment for fragile newborns.
We strive to minimize separation of babies from their families. The neonatologists and NICU staff work closely with families to help them deal with the anxiety, questions, and challenges that can come with their baby’s admission to the NICU. Our multidisciplinary team meets weekly to formulate a plan of care for babies and families.
Before your baby is discharged to go home, we offer extensive education on caring for you’re your newborn. We also provide outpatient lactation support through an initiative that has been helpful in sustaining much-needed breastfeeding in these fragile newborns.