Caring for Babies in Our NICU

Compassionate Care for Babies with Special Needs

There are many physical and emotional stresses associated with an early or difficult birth, for both babies and their families. At MarinHealth Medical Center, our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the only place in Marin County that is fully equipped to care for infants needing extra medical attention.

The NICU is staffed around-the-clock with an in-house pediatric hospitalist who specializes in neonatology (the care of newborns). The care team also collaborates with the infant's private physician and we consult with the UCSF Benioff Neonatology team 24/7.

A Fully Equipped NICU

Our NICU recently acquired new beds for its tiny patients. We have an array of technologies and services on hand to meet the special needs of preemies and sick newborns.

  • Our specialized equipment includes isolettes, ventilators, intravenous pumps, radiant warmers, and pulse oximeters.
  • Services include advanced respiratory therapy, developmental care, phototherapy, daily nutrition consultation, access to NICU pharmacists, lactation assistance, and family support.
  • We offer expanded testing and screenings for newborns, and we have on-site audiology equipment for hearing screenings.

Helping Families Cope & Care for Fragile Babies

The staff and physicians at the NICU look after babies as well as their families, respecting and nurturing the bond between them during the child's path to recovery. Caring for a delicate, underweight baby can feel simply overwhelming. Even activities such as nursing or bathing a healthy baby can be intimidating.

We offer special support for parents of our NICU babies, including:

  • Rooms parents can stay in overnight while their baby is in the NICU (depends on availability)
  • Hands-on instruction in feeding and diapering their NICU baby
  • One complimentary meal a day for the partner as long as the mother is still hospitalized
  • Massage and other forms of mind-body therapy and relaxation provided to parents of NICU babies by our Integrative Wellness Center