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Affiliated with the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital and certified by the California Children’s Services, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is devoted to the newborn infant requiring specialized care. It provides stabilization of the initially ill newborn and intermediate intensive care and continuing care for growing newborns.

Two UCSF Neonatologists/Pediatricians – highly trained physicians in the care of ill newborns – oversee the NICU offering families the security of knowing their infant receives the highest level of newborn care.

At Natividad’s NICU, we provide aggressive care when needed but eliminate ventilators, central lines and laboratory work as soon as it is safe to do so. We remove invasive support earlier than most NICUs, and as a consequence discharge our smallest infants home earlier than the “average” NICU in California (per CPQCC data)*.

Our highly skilled Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are in the hospital 24/7 in order to provide emergency care until our Board Certified Neonatologist arrives. Their presence adds an extra level of safety not found in any other NICU in Monterey County.

There is no need to transport any infant to a higher level of care because of birth weight or gestational age.  We transport infants away from our NICU only for services/expertise not available in Monterey County. Our experienced Neonatal Transport team is capable of routine and emergency transports. We transport infants to our NICU from other Monterey County hospitals who need a higher level-of-care or for recovery care from our Tertiary Center, UCSF.

Our strong commitment to family, as part of the healing process, keeps parents and their children united throughout the treatment and recovery process.

We have a parent room so parents can stay and care for their infant as discharge draws near.

*Accounts for babies weighing less than 1500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces) or less than 30 weeks gestation- 45.6 days (2007), 38.2 days (2008), and 39.4 days (2009).